Right, so, one of the things about re-prioritizing your digital life is that, you know, you re-prioritize.
You close your laptop or turn off your phone or you spend time with real people instead of profile pictures. These are all good, good things, I'm finding. WHO KNEW. (ahem, sarcasm)
I've worked hard to shut down and shut off these last few days. In the meantime, I've started on a pretty beefy short-term project for work. Making "work time, work time" means that my work time has extended hours for the next week or so, which, funnily enough, makes it a lot easier to follow some of the other Rules of the Challenge.
For the past few days, when I needed a break or had a few extra minutes, I sat down at the piano (to learn some new jazz chords) or I went for a run (to pretend that ice cream I had didn't happen), rather than check Twitter or race through my Google Reader. I'm still going through withdrawal a bit and feel somewhat "out of the loop" but it doesn't feel too much like a loss, which is totally fine with me.
(On the other hand, I'm TOTALLY losing the Tab Battle. I mean, complete failure every day on that front. If I could somehow receive a worse grade than F, it'd be here.)
Otherwise, I'm hunkering down on work stuff, but making time for creativity and physical activity. And despite the fact that I'll be working most of the weekend, I don't feel as crazy as I normally would about it all. YAY!
ACTUALLY, I'm coming to realize that my overall insanity over digital stuff is--GASP--probably just me. It's not simply that the world is moving faster, it's the INSANE FACT that I would even attempt to keep up, or feel inadequate for not keeping up, or feel less successful somehow because I didn't Tweet 20 random articles in day.
So fine, Internet. It's not you, it's me.
We'll call it progress.