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11 Jul, 2009

Turning off and tuning out

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

Dear friends, my brain is full. I am twitchy. My thoughts have been fragmented, fractured, and frankly, all over the place. That’s why I’m going into a self-imposed media detox for a few days.

I’m tired of feeling like a mental magpie. There have been times these past few weeks when I have felt my attention span withering away to almost nothing. I can’t do anything without  – HEY LOOK, SOMETHING SHINY!

And it’s getting worse.

So. I am making a proclamation. Next week (M-F) I will not be:

  • working
  • checking email
  • poking around Facebook
  • Twittering
  • watching television or movies
  • reading blogs or randomly surfing
  • using my iPhone
  • etc.

I need to restore some calm and enjoy some quality time with my family … and this is the best way of doing it.

So see ya later gators!


17 Responses to "Turning off and tuning out"

1 | lacoop

July 11th, 2009 at 10:43 am

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So this is what happens to bloggers when they hit the wall.

2 | Lynn

July 11th, 2009 at 10:50 am

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Have a peaceful week…catch you the week after!

3 | mrsgryphon

July 11th, 2009 at 11:18 am

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Have a lovely week – it’s so refreshing to turn it all off for a while :)

4 | Sharon

July 11th, 2009 at 11:42 am

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I think I should do the same I have a hard time thinking about my papers due to the fact I have FB and Blogs to read.

I think since you won’t be here I won’t either.
Have anice week off and I will to. SInce I have 3 papers due in the next 5 weeks.

Power to SILENCE!
;)

5 | Lee

July 11th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

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Good for you!

See you on the other side.

6 | porter

July 11th, 2009 at 3:12 pm

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yahoo! good for you.

7 | Julie

July 11th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

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Good idea…

8 | Ginger

July 11th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

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That sounds very refreshing. Have a wonderful, restful week!

9 | Laura

July 11th, 2009 at 4:03 pm

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I hope you have a revitalizing week sans media… I’m sure a break is well-deserved!!!

10 | Scattered Mom

July 12th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

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I’ve been doing that for the past 2 weeks, with one more to go. Oh sure I’m occasionally checking my blog and twitter, but for max 10 min a day. Otherwise, I’ve been coasting! No TV, even. It’s nice.

The weird thing? I lost about 5 lbs almost immediately. Ahh, I think that is telling me something….

11 | Amy @ Muddy Boots

July 13th, 2009 at 7:35 am

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Good for you. May you return restored…

12 | Chantal

July 13th, 2009 at 9:22 am

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Enjoy! I plan on doing that when I get my holidays in Aug. Take Care.

13 | Rebecca

July 13th, 2009 at 3:06 pm

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Enjoy the week! I often think about doing this but always get sucked back in..

Good for you!

14 | Carrie

July 13th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

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Enjoy! We went ‘off the grid’ during our recent trip and it was quite refreshing. My hubby got a little twitchy without his internet, but I really enjoyed being unplugged from it all.

See you in a while!

15 | Javamom

July 15th, 2009 at 11:48 am

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Hey, it’s Wednesday, and no post from you! You are doing great! Hope you had a great break.

16 | Sara

July 15th, 2009 at 8:21 pm

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enjoy and have a peaceful week!

17 | jennyjag

July 17th, 2009 at 6:28 pm

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There you go, inspiring yet again. Enjoy the break!

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