In case you didn’t know, I recently took a short break from Instagram and the blog.
Now that I’ve returned, the first thing I want to do is thank YOU for your comments, emails, and messages about my mini-sabbatical. Your outpouring of kind words, blessings, and encouragement filled my heart in a way I cannot explain. Having such a loyal, thoughtful, and understanding audience rocks my world and makes every moment of my work more than worth it. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
All-in-all, the time away was more than I could have ever wanted or expected. I especially appreciated and enjoyed being off Instagram. I’m going to write one or two blog posts about that experience and the lessons I learned for moving forward. However, I need more time to process it all and see how things feel now that I’m back. You can expect that post sometime early next week.
During my break, I still worked, but I was flexible with my schedule and gave myself lots of time to just be still or tackle the home projects I wanted to do. Because I wasn’t constantly checking my phone and getting caught up in scrolling, the amount of “extra” time I had skyrocketed. I was able to accomplish so much more. This was one of my goals after all: to figure out a way to spend less time on my phone. I did just that.
As I continue to collect my thoughts about my time off and prepare an in-depth post or two. I thought today I’d share a list of some of the things I did instead of scrolling Instagram.
If you read my previous post, you may remember that I spent an average of 3.5 hours a day on Instagram. That meant that during my two-week hiatus, I had 49 “extra” hours (3.5 hours x 14 days).
Here’s what I did with those 49 hours instead of scrolling on Instagram:
– Power washed and stained the floor of my deck.
– Power washed my sidewalk.
– Painted a room in my house. (More on that this week!)
– Began building a more functional closet.
– Watched movies, phone free!
– Hired a business coach and started to make plans for the future.
– Created a new work schedule that I’m pumped about.
– Bought a Nintendo Switch and played Animal Crossing. (Talk about fun!)
– Cleaned out my clothes closet and donated two bags of clothes.
– Cleaned and organized my entire basement. Donated two boxes of stuff and trashed two bags of stuff.
– Straightened up the contents of my garage.
– Moved a large pile of bricks and stacked them neatly under my deck.
– Photographed and wrote seven blog posts.
– Organized all of my photos on external hard drives.
– Cleared space on my laptop so it is functional again.
– Power washed my side porch.
– Cleaned and waxed my outdoor furniture and put on the cushions and pillows.
– Jogged or walked 3-4 miles every day.
– Weeded and tilled my garden beds. Then added compost and peat moss.
– Planted rhubarb.
– Set up an area in my guest bedroom to do art.
– Plus a bunch of other little things!
Yes. all of those tasks took more than 49 hours in total. But without this intentional time off, I don’t think I would have managed to accomplish a quarter of that list.
I also wanted to quickly mention that there’s a lot to love about Instagram and our phones in general. This isn’t a judgment of folks who choose to spend a lot of time on the app or their devices. I just know, even more so now, that I want to alter the way I spend my time.
I still have a lot to learn and discover, but I know that my motivation, mood, and general zest for life were significantly enhanced by putting my phone down.
Thank you again for your support and understanding during my break.
As I mentioned above, I will be putting together a more thorough account of my hiatus. So, if you have any specific questions about it, please leave them in the comments below. I will try to answer them in my next post.
If you want more information about any of my “time off Instagram” activities, also let me know that in the comments. I already have plans to blog about some of the things, but I’m always curious about what YOU want to hear about.
Until then, I have some new blog posts scheduled for the week and I’ll see you back over on Instagram.