Have you ever been browsing Twitter (or the millions of other social media platforms out there), or reading blog posts, and stopped to look at the time just to find that 3 hours have passed?
Over the last few days, I’ve found myself completely LOST.
I meant to write up some blog posts.
I meant to read books.
I meant to make progress on my story for Camp NaNoWriMo.
But all those meant’s mean nothing when it comes down to it. After you’ve spent hours upon helpless hours swirling around in the new-age world known as “social media”.
Social media is like a never-ending black hole.
You click one thing. Read it. Click something else. Read it. Which makes you want to click the next one. And before you know it, you’re spiraling down and down and down into this never-ending black hole, time passing without you even realizing it.
I have literally spent my entire weekend reading blog posts and tweets.
Don’t look at me like that. I’m not kidding here.
I honestly feel quite ashamed of myself. At first, I was like, “Oh, heck yeah, go me! I’m killing it in the blog-hopping game!” Then, all of a sudden it’s Sunday, and I’m like, “What in the bleep? HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? WHERE DID MY WEEKEND GO? I was supposed to be reading actual books!!”
Someone reassure me I’m not the only one this happens to.
What I want to know, is this…
If this happens to you, how do you PREVENT it from happening?
Do you turn off all your devices? Or mute notifications? Maybe you schedule specific times for reading actual books, blogging, blog-hopping, tweeting, etc?
I feel like I need to do one of two things:
- Flush all my devices down the toilet or;
- Manage my time more properly (by scheduling time for certain things like reading books, blogging, etc)
Since I don’t really want to destroy my electronic devices, I feel like going with number two would be the most logical and rational answer. But, I could use your help!
Let me know how you feel about this never-ending black hole we call “social media”. Have you ever let several hours pass you completely unnoticed?
If you can relate, please tell me what you do to try to prevent that from happening! It’s so easy to fall into the black hole!!
Until next time…