What A One-Week Break From Facebook Did For My Creativity And Productivity

Social media can be a major distraction. I like to take a break from social media and the Internet in general from time to time. Recently, I took a week off Facebook. Here’s what I discovered.

Break from Facebook: Photo of man looking out at sunset.I recently took a break from Facebook. It was a great week. In this post, I’ll briefly discuss the pros and cons of my break from Facebook. Let’s get the negative stuff out of the way first.

The Cons Of My Break From Facebook

There weren’t many. But if I had to make a list, here it is:

  1. Not engaging with my Hip Diggs audience: If I didn’t operate a growing blog, I’d be very tempted to delete my Facebook account. Still, I believe in spreading the message of simple living. I gain about 25% of my blog’s traffic from Facebook.
  2. Not opening my Facebook messages: Although I didn’t interact on Facebook, I teach a blogging class. I occasionally needed to access the site. I could see that I’d received a few messages, but I didn’t open them. If any of those messages were time sensitive or business related, it could be problematic.
  3. Missing family and good friend’s posts: I do enjoy seeing posts from friends and family. I missed those posts.

The Pros Of My Break From Facebook

  1. Freed up hours of time: If I honestly calculated my time on Facebook, it’s probably about 10+ hours a week. You can get a lot done in 10+ hours.
  2. Avoided the political circus: Although I enjoy political debate, it can become both a waste of time and an emotional drain. My stress level decreased over the last week.
  3. Finished writing a new ebook: I started writing the ebook, Finding Our Way Back Home: Reclaiming A Sense Of Peace In A Chaotic Worldlast summerI was able to complete the writing, editing, and publishing. I’ll be posting more about the new book soon.
  4. Updated the Hip Diggs app: I worked with Lee Black to update the Hip Diggs app. Now it’s 10 times easier to manage.
  5. Composed new music: I wrote 4 new musical tracks on the iPod. I also practiced my guitar about twice as much.
  6. Read a book: I read most of the book, The Financial Lives Of The Poets, for a reading group I recently joined.
  7. Spent more time with Annie: My daughter and I have played Scrabble about 5 times over the past week. We also took a couple of walks together and practiced karate.
  8. Got more exercise: I made it to the gym twice as often in the past week than I have in several previous weeks.

Sometimes A Break From Facebook Is Good

Too much of anything can be bad. This is true for social media, too. This short break from Facebook gave me some time to be more productive and more creative. I was also able to relax and spend more time doing healthy endeavors.

I encourage you to consider taking an occasional break from Facebook. You’ll discover a lot of positive results. It might also boost your creativity a little bit.

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8 Comments

  1. I took a Facebook break for most of the month of December. The first day was the hardest (needing to break the twitch of mindlessly scrolling) but it got easier as the days went by. I’m back on now but I decided to only “follow” my immediate family members and a few Pages (hipdiggs!). There is still some fear of missing out but for the most part I’m happy with my Facebook life. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your week off.

    1. That’s great, Jeni. It wasn’t hard for me to stay off Facebook. The hardest part for me was to stop mindlessly typing in the “f” to bring up Facebook to click into. It’s as if my mind is programmed to automatically go to Facebook.

  2. I to have had a break from Facebook on occasion but felt cut off from my adult children and close friends ( I enjoy seeing what they are up to in real time) . What I do now is allocate time each day for Facebook and thats it. I still get my fix but have lost the mindless scrolling . I would hate to know how much time has been lost and feel its up to me to set a good example for my children going forward.

  3. I am still on as a private person, but as a business/blog page we are taking a 6 month break from FB – and focusing on Pinterest instead, since more traffic comes from there. Love it or hate it, social media is part of modern life… but a good digital detox does a body good, at least every once in awhile.

  4. Nice one, I enjoyed that. I found my way here instead of navigating to Facebook, funnily enough. I’m on a five minute break from doing work 🙂 Cool site, ill have a more detailed look around soon

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