Midway Through a Media Fast

Apr 07 2009

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I’m almost halfway into my spring Media Fast. No TV, movies, DVDs, books, magazines, newspapers, blogs, or music.

I don’t take this too seriously. I’ll check out a blog article if someone insists, and I listen to certain music at work that puts me in the proper working mood.

But I’ve already gleaned 3 insights:

  1. I spend huge amounts of my days consuming media.
  2. Media is my default choice. If I don’t have anything to do, and I want to relax, I turn to media. I don’t meditate, or sit in my garden, or just daydream. I consume.
  3. I’m much more productive during my Media Fasts, and all around, I’m happier. I think this is because I’m less distracted.

I now plan to conduct miniature Media Fasts every week. From now on, I plan to consume no media Fridays and Saturdays. Obviously, if I absolutely need to read or watch something to get other work done, I will. But those days will be mini-vacations from media consumption. Days when I can truly relax.

Or I’m completely misguided. Still worth trying, I think. Perhaps I’ll have a very different opinion later this week!

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