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Full disclosure: This is a rant on my (bad) social media habits

It's a rant about my reappearing lack of discipline when it comes to wasting time on the Internet.

I have a rule that I try to follow: no unnecessary screen-time until I do the following (order changes depending on the time):

  • Meditate. I use Headspace which requires the phone.
  • Mobilize. This includes a Yoga TuneUp practice, some Kelly Starrett Mobility/Supple Leopard work, and some Controlled Articular Rotations, as coined by Dr. Andreo Spina.
  • Eating breakfast.  I love breakfast and I'm a better human when I'm fueled well.
  • Yoga on Mondays and Fridays.
  • 30 minutes of guitar practice.
  • And, if I'm being really good, 30 minutes of book-reading.

On weekends, I let that slide.  But I always regret it.  I can't think of one day where I've said, "I'm glad I checked Instagram while still in bed!"  Never happens.

Another rule I try to follow is limiting my email-checking AND not checking it before I do my routine.  In my ideal world I don't check my email until 12PM, then once again before I leave for lessons (last minute changes), and once when I get home.  I've been known to remove email from my phone, and only check it when I know something is up in the air (my last band used email to confirm rehearsals, and we were known for canceling rehearsals last-minute).

I have another rule that I think I can bend and survive but that has yet to happen.  And that is Facebook.  Some people can handle having access to it at all times.  I am NOT one of those people.  I find that if I go on Facebook, especially on a day like today where I am virtually 100% in control of my time, I can spend hours on it just scrolling.  And the whole time, I'm not happy!  I think, "I could be doing so many other things," But I'm still on Facebook.

I have been known to go on Facebook cleanses for a month several times a year.  And I always feel awesome when doing those.  Instagram is less of a problem, but I'm still unhappy with how I keep checking it on a near-constant basis sometimes.  But there's something about Facebook that just does me IN.  And I KNOW IT!  But yet, unless I'm being hard and fast with my rule, I find myself there.

I tried a Fridays-only thing.  And that worked for a hot minute.  And I think it can work again.  I also think I need to start putting my RescueTime to its intended use: save us all from Facebook.

I like being able to talk to my friends and find out what shows are happening and who wants to jam, but I have a phone.  I can call people, and I can use other sources for shows.  And I know I should do that.  But will I?  Like right now, I'm thinking, "I wonder what Kenny is up to."  I have two options: check on him via social media, or contact him directly because I have his phone number.  And what was my first instinct?  Social media.  UGH.

I don't know exactly what I'm going to do about it, but I do know that I will do something about it because something has to be done.  I'm a better human the less time I spend on social media.  I may not talk to you as much, but when we do talk, I assure you it will be better.

Now I know that all of this is my fault, and as an artist/a musician who's trying to build a public life, I do have to use it.  Sparingly.  Just enough to keep my hoards of fans in the loop because I want them to be in the loop, but I don't want to spiral out of control.

[End rant.]

This, That, and Everything Else

I'm not going to say that this time I'm going to blog every day because, while I hope it is the case, I have no idea whether or not that will happen.  What I will say is this: I will share more.  More of my ideas, practice tidbits, videos, and anything else that I think may be of some value.

I read the other day that there are over two million blog posts published each day.  Thank you for taking the time out of your day to stop by my humble pages.  I appreciate it.

So, what's cooking?  A myriad of things!

I took a tumble skiing a month ago and sprained my right shoulder.  I've had chronic wrist problems since 2011, but they have come to a head since my fall.  I believe this is - while not a good thing, but more of a flashing warning sign .  While I was proactive when the problems first occurred, as long as I was able to play guitar and do things with relative ease, I took things as they came.  Now that five minutes of playing guitar turns my right arm into jelly, I'm being ultra-proactive.  I have dry-needling scheduled, and I'm going to do acupuncture in the mean time as well as some massage work.  I'm going to LA in March to do a record (!!) so I want to be well on my way OR at 100% by the time that happens.

I decided to take a Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter break (my Twitter has some auto-updates that I've lost track of) for February.  Why?  Because I think I'm a better person when I'm less engaged on various feeds.  I spend (waste) enough time online as it is and I would like to spend that time writing, reading, healing, volunteering, outside, at yoga, or anything else that is more engaging than scrolling through photos and blurbs.  I'm available by email, and I think I can be of more value on other platforms, such as this blog.

I'm in the midst of a Whole30.  I'm on Day 17 and I'm going strong!  I've done them in the past, but I was never 100% compliant.  The first time was for lack of reading the part about paleo waffles and added sugar (had a lot of waffles), but I think I got what I needed out of it because when I went back to my old eating habits I felt awful.  The second time I had some veggie chips, which are not compliant.  This time I've been within the lines!  I don't find it hard.  I noticed that I snack a lot, and that I don't right now because I don't have many munchies around.  Cashews, seaweed, and cold cuts.  But those aren't as fun as chocolate.  I miss having milkshakes or ice cream whenever I please - including times when I shouldn't.  I like to think I eat paleo the majority of the time as it is so this isn't a huge change, but my skin is clearer, and that's one reason why I do it.

Well, my elbow says we're done here, so I'm gonna go.  I'm crafting my February so perhaps I'll share that once it's done.

Facebook

I'm finding myself more and more over Facebook.  Yet it still eats up far too much of my time.  Granted I let it, but it's still annoying.  It's a terrible time sink.  If I spent the time I spent on Facebook on blogging, I'd be well on my way to being caught up.

Actually that's a good idea.

I'm not deleting my Facebook - yet.  I probably will one of these days and soon.  It used to be fun.  Now it's annoying.  There are better things to do.

So I'm gonna go do them