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7 Days Off Line

So after much thought on the matter and the motivation from @matthewsavides – read more about that here @ what point do you shut down?.

I have too decided to do the #7DaysOffline challenge (yes for me it is actually a challenge).

I need to have a break from it all, Twitter, Facebook, Hootsuite, My Blog :(, Foursquare, Emails, BBM, Whatsapp and my newest love Pinterest! The internet and information ‘overload’ is just getting too much, that and the fact that I am trying to get a break from all the negativity and unhappiness on certain platforms.

I was going to do it from Sunday last week (11th March) as my parents are up visiting and I wanted to spend all my time with them… Then I thought I should do it during a normal work week so that I could actually note the difference during this ‘normal’ week without all of the above. Anyway, I have now decided that I need to start tonight (14th March), which will include the time while my parents so I can enjoy my time with them and I will go until midnight on the 21st March, which includes work and normal daily activities as well – I shall only observe the traffic hotties and will have to drink wine alone 😉

As Matthew said, often we are so busy checking in on Foursquare, Tweeting/ Facebooking and Blogging about it we don’t actually cherish the moment in front of us anymore.

What I absolutely love about Social Media is the sharing with all the people you don’t know that share similar interests and feelings about what you are saying; and as most would know I am absolutely addicted to sharing. So this is going to be difficult.

The Rules:

No Twitter – none whatsoever, I will log off my account on my Twitter application on my phone tonight. No scrolling through my TL, DMing, Tweeting… nothing.

Difficult One !

No Facebook – again same as the above, absolutely no activity whatsoever, BUT – as it is my Aunt in Zimbabwe’s 60th Birthday on the 15th March I may log in, send her a message, NOT check any notifications or my TL and log right back off again. Family first.

Not so bad...

Hootsuite – No scheduled messages at all.

Hoot Hoot

No Blogging – I may not post anything on my Blog until this is over… not even a Sexy Kiss of the Day :(, as I have all the kisses on my Laptop I will just save them and post them all next week at once 🙂

Hmmm I love kissing, I’m getting distracted…

Goodbye till next week 😦

No Foursquare – I will log off the application and not check in anywhere, which really really sucks because I wanted to check into Charlie C’s in Dullstroom :(, I love you Charlie Chaplin.

Love this place!

BBM – now this is slightly difficult, well I only have 68 contacts and if I even chat to 8 of them on a regular basis it is a lot. I will chat to my parents – Family first, Ceri Grenfell as it is your Birthday I will chat to you on the 17th March :), Tammy D – she’s my bestie, no blocking her out ever, Elismha – you make me smile so I’m keeping you ;). And since I am sure I will need to vent about this whole thing; Matthew, you have indeed made the list because you will know what I am going through and may need to encourage me to keep going 😉 As for the rest, I will not even open your message, sorry in advance! Oh and no changing of my status and profile picture!

Not sad about this one at all

Whatsapp – Mike, you’ve made the cut 😉 haha. And my cousin Clarence has made the list too.

Pinterest – No browsing at all! All those pretty and funny pictures… missed! And I have recently introduced my mom to it so she better not show me anything… wait does it count if she logs in, browses and shows me things?

My newest 'lover'

Emails – I am logging off of Gmail & Yahoo as they are the only 2 connected to my Social Media networks. Vodamail & work emails will be allowed.

Limited...

And as I am always to happy to snap away from my Smartphone camera I am going old school and I will carry my small camera around and take pictures ‘the old school’ way 😉

As Matthew did, I will take notes of how I coped along the way… not all the time as that defies the point of getting a break. I will share it with you all on my Blog here next week 🙂

Wish me luck with my #7DaysOffline stint!

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