This is just a mini peak into my life outside of running....
Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. I was raised Catholic, went to Catholic school from grade 7 through 12 and even though I haven't always been big on giving something up for Lent, I thought this year might be a time for a change.
2013 seems to be the year of doing things differently. Most years I have started off by training for a race but not this year. Most years I have tried to plan my way through each week and month but not this year.
I am trying to get my Type A personality to take a back seat and be more flexible. Over the weekend as I thought about the season of Lent and preparing for Easter, I decided that I needed to make some more changes in my life.
First off, I know that I spend way too much time on Facebook. Usually when I am bored I tend to pull out my phone and open the Facebook app. I don't even post that much on Facebook, I just scroll through the news feed and read everyone else's random posts as something to fill the time. I do not need to be checking that 1500 times a day. When I stopped and thought about it, I knew I could be spending my time more wisely. Like reading a book or printing out pictures from my wedding which I haven't done yet (opps) or writing blog posts. So I decided I needed to limit my Facebook viewing time and eventually try to give it up as much as possible.
Of course giving up Facebook is easier said than done. I started on Monday to limit myself from checking Facebook mindlessly and found that the first step to making this successful was to log out of the app on my phone. (I feel like deleting the app would have provided a similar result but I wasn't ready for that drastic of a step). This helped so much that I managed to only check Facebook once that day while I was at home. Tuesday was very similar; not having immediate access on my phone helped me to only view Facebook once. Today I am trying to stay away from Facebook all together.
So far this seems to be working out well for me. In fact, I actually got more done Monday and Tuesday night at home than usual. I just felt more productive and I am sure Brian appreciated having all his white clothes washed.
Besides limiting my Facebook, I also decided to give up wine. In fact this was a new years' resolution for me too, but I broke that last weekend. Every time I have wine I end up having stomach issues the next morning. Better to not drink it at all so I am recommitting myself to that.
The third thing I decided to change in my life was trying to be more flexible. Like I said I have a type A personality that sometimes gets in the way of me being spontaneous and fun. I am going to work on being more flexible with my schedule (especially since I am not training for any races).
They say it takes 21 days to break/form a new habit and Lent is 40 days long. We will see how this goes!
How much time do you spend on Facebook? Would it be hard for you to give it up?