In an effort to produce more and consume less, I am going to take an indefinite leave from Twitter and Facebook. I am not closing my accounts, as I might return. But I will cease checking them. I really enjoy both, and Twitter particularly has been a great resource for my professional development as a teacher.
However, I find that they end up being very distracting to both my work life and my home life. I have several goals for both my professional and personal life that I would like to work on (I will not be telling you about them, though), and removing these two distractors should help me to focus on working to achieve them.
I will not be leaving social media entirely, however. I hope to blog slightly more frequently than I did last school year (and much more than this summer), I will continue with email, and I will continue with Google Plus. I am staying active on Google plus because the signal-to-noise ratio is much more favorable than Facebook and Twitter, and I find that the professional development I get from Google Plus is worth the amount of time I spend on it; Facebook and Twitter have stopped being worth it, in spite of my careful curation of my feeds.
Here is how I intend to help myself achieve this. First, I am going to delete the apps relating to Facebook and Twitter on my iPad and iPod Touch.
Second, I am going to log off of the sites on my browsers. I think that having to log in will help me from cheating on my plan.
I am not sure how long I will be gone. I am roughly aiming to be off for the remainder of 2013, although this is really up in the air.
I am going to miss my Twitter and Facebook colleagues who are not on Google Plus. There are not many of them, but there are a couple who I will really miss. Of course, I will also miss my real-life friends from Facebook, although I might be more likely to call or email them now.
Finally, Twitter sends me emails when I am mentioned in a Tweet (This has always baffled me. It seems so antiquated). I may respond to relevant ones, so my Twitter people can still get a hold of me if needed. Also, anything that I have that automatically posts to Facebook and Twitter will continue (such as updates from this blog. Actually, probably only updates from this blog).
This will be difficult for me, although I think that I will be able to do with if I take a lot of cold showers, attend my weekly meetings, and take up smoking.
Ta ta for now.