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Taking Breaks: 1 Week In

Well, 1 week into my break from Social Media and I thought I’d give an update/perspective on how it’s gone so far.

It’s been tough. I’ve found myself open a new tab in my browser and start typing the letters face… and then quickly close the tab. I’ve found the same thing on my phone, I’ve opened the FB app up a few times and realised, hang on, I shouldn’t be in here, and quickly hit the home button 🙂 Instagram has been the worst to leave alone, as well as Twitter. When the hell did I become so addicted to these platforms?

But the bottom line is, as the days go by, it’s becoming easier to ignore, I spend less time on my mobile and on non productive websites, and I’m feeling happier to be honest. I even found some time to go a music shop last week! That almost never happens these days.

Overall, things are looking positive, and I’m anticipating a better week avoiding the social stuff this week.

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Social Media, Distractions, and Taking Breaks

I’ve been using social media pretty much every day of my life for the past 8 years, and I’ve been growing slowly dissatisfied with how much it has encroached into my life I’ve let it encroach into my life.

I have accounts with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, Youtube, LinkedIn, and who knows what else I’ve forgotten. And then there’s the work stuff which is essential, namely Slack and our internal p2’s.  The load of information is just immense if you combine personal and professional.

The problem with information, is that often it’s just noise. Very often, distracting noise. And I don’t like distracting noise, but often I get suckered into spending time there when I should be doing other things, like;

Spending time with my family.

Praying.

Connecting with my friends.

Working.

Relaxing.

So, I’m taking the month of August off from my personal social stuff. Don’t expect me to reply to anything on Facebook or Twitter, pretty much the only thing I’ll reply to of my personal stuff is my email, Whatsapp, and taking phone calls. I might read a few things once a week, but the only personal stuff I’ll be doing is blogging here.

I used to wake up in the mornings and be excited to read my Bible. Like an actual paper Bible, not some app on my phone. Now I just spend way too much time on Facebook, and stupid things like that. It was so much more fulfilling before all this.

So anyways, this is my attempt at detoxing from the social media world for a bit 🙂 See you on the other side!

Parting note: I love tech but I can allow it to takeover large chunks of my life at times, so no hating on social media platforms from me 😉

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Jeff.runs()

So recently I’ve taken up running. Not as a form of escapism as some people do, but more as a by product of becoming healthier and staying in shape. I’ve been on and off at the gym over the last year, and I’ve found that I’ve enjoyed my time on the treadmill more than any other activity.

I set a goal to do a half marathon next year sometime, most likely the 2 Oceans (my sister did an epic run this year of the ultra marathon, coming 70th!!) and today was the start of my journey. I ran the 10km Gun Run today, and had a great time! I managed to smash the goal I set, I was aiming for a sub 60 minute run and ended up doing a 53:11!!

The nice thing is I have experienced family members who I can chat to for advice as they’ve pretty much done every kind of half marathon there is! And after taking my uncle’s advice today – I ended up improved my overall time by 6 minutes – that’s massive.

So…as with most of my posts, there’s a little lesson at the end, and so I would encourage everyone to get advice from experienced people, and then try it out! You might be surprised at the result!

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Brothers Streep

Wow..after a weekend and half a week of being off sick, I thought I’d post something random and cool that features a mate of mine – Hugh Lashbrooke follow him on twitter @hlashbrooke.

He built a site for a local South African band called the Brothers Streep and it got featured on a british talk show called the Graham Norton Show. Reason it got featured is that the band wrote a song about Anna Paquin and the show had her on and played the song to her!! Great stuff…also awesome for Hugh as the site was shown on live TV 🙂