Last night I had dinner with two work colleagues as we hashed out details for an event next weekend. When I got home I was tired and while I fiddled around on the internet, I didn't really do anything productive i.e. catch up with my social media spaces. This morning I woke up and spent my morning working on school work so that classes would run smoothly. I quickly got dressed and only had minimal time to check my email, Facebook, etc.
On my way to work I started thinking about this problem. I write how I want a beautiful life and one component is definitely socializing and interacting with others, but when I do something that takes me away from my computer then I see my RSS feeds pile up and lots of content come across Facebook or Flickr or Twitter that I can't keep up with. Many people would say that you aren't supposed to see everything that people post in those spaces, but that is not my personality. I hate the feeling of "work" piling up but I also hate the feeling of missing out.
The solution is clear. Cut WAY back on all of it. Not the spaces I use but the content I pull in. Cut the blog reader to a bare minimum. Cut the Flickr contacts way back. Toss or hide more people on Facebook. Unfollow on Twitter. I already periodically go through and cut these things but I'm wondering if I could do a serious, and I mean serious, paring down. I think if I keep a list of things as they are now I can always restore it if I'm unhappy. And speaking of unhappy, people take it very personally when you unfollow, unfriend, etc. There are some people that will decide that I'm a difficult person or get upset because I changed my contact information (have totally been there and done that and am still annoyed about it). Unfortunately I still care what other people think.
I found this blog post tonight and found it interesting. It isn't exactly the same thing, but it definitely resonated with me. What do I want my life to be like when I look back ten years from now. Do I want to remember fondly all those nights spent on the computer catching up with everyone's blogs? No. But where to cut a list that is already pretty small. We will see.