A short while ago, I read a post about a person who took a 30-day holiday from social media. The result was a ton of new work that got done in this sense of freedom without social media.
And then I read this is Stephen Pressfield’s Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work, “Amateurs tweet – pros write”.
That pretty much did it for me right there. 😉
My subsequent thoughts.
My Twitter feed is on automatic but I was dropping in to read the odd series and to comment every now and then. I’m back to fully automatic.
A quick analysis (non-mathematical) of my Facebook “friends” shows it’s mostly garden writers posting gardening stuff to other garden writers. I stopped posting and reading. I did NOT stop working on my author page as I continue to post at least one image or link a day there. Interaction and reach are good as are response rates although I did delete the “contact page” and the ability to post on the page as readers asked questions constantly without doing any kind of search.
In short, I cut off my peers and only did minimal work with my readers.
1) I finished a book – it’s now in layout
2) Launched a reader seminar – to get more questions for the book
3) Reorganized the content areas across my websites totalling somewhere around 14,000 pages to make it more user-friendly. This is a 6-month project but the skull-sweat has been done.
4) Launched a new ebook, Dear Elizabeth with advice to my daughter on how to become a writer. Took me a year of writing to get all these letters written and this is the outcome in one mad flurry of editing and organizing.
5) Killed the old blog once and for all.
6) Added 5 new titles to the to-write list and got the next ebook into the outlining stage.
7) Finished a deck in our backyard
8) Launched a home-built canoe and modified it to carry a sail (sadly only downwind) and a small electric trolling motor.
It wasn’t necessarily the raw time I saved but rather the ability to focus without distraction. It’s the ability to avoid one bit of attention-candy as an excuse to avoid real work. I was, in Pressfield’s terms, reclaiming my pro status and doing my real work.
And that feel pretty damn good I must say.