Have you ever had something really funny happen-- maybe your kid comes out dressed in Granny's clothes and wig-- you snap a picture and laugh... and your first thought is to "facebook" the event? That's me. It's become a sickness, really.
Facebook wasn't always a lifestyle for me. It started as an occasional indulgence, a way to keep up with others, a quick opportunity to share snippets of our life with family and friends. But, like most things, feed it enough and it can take over, slowly clawing its way up the priority list. I became a "quick checker." You know, head past the computer to put clothes away, and do a "quick check." The problem, of course, is that all my "quick checks" added up to be a rather time-consuming problem.
I don't have anything against facebook itself. In fact, I just let my thirteen-year-old sign up for her own account. I've gotten back in touch with countless friends, and kept up with family members who are too far away to visit. There are some truly great things about the social network. I was simply over-using it, allowing it to take the time of other things in my life. For one, I had all but quit blogging.... and I love this here blog! It's a relaxing, more personal activity. Let's face it, though-- blogging isn't as instantaneously gratifying; There are no "likes" popping on on the posts.
Some folks relax with TV, I blog. But, seeing as how I'd "used up" my computer time during the day, I had other things to get done in the evening and, essentially, gave up my treasured relaxing time.
Now I'm back to seeking balance. Or, perhaps more accurately, I'm seeking the right things at the right time. There isn't a one-size-fits-all for time-management and priorities. I am not second-guessing anyone else's decisions; what's right for me may not be right for you. I simply know that I have become sidetracked and, frankly, I'd rather blog than shoot out numerous quips throughout the day. I've nearly facebooked away my ability to write more than a status-length paragraph!