It is 6 a.m. I close the door, set the timer for 30 minutes, and sit down in my swivel chair, with my eyes closed, and my hands loosely resting on the arm supports.
It’s an assignment for a “Social Media and Analytics” class I’m taking, taught by Leila Samii (@) – “sit alone, with no technology, friends, family, or reading material for 30 minutes, then blog about it.”
I admit, I’m a social media junkie – I love, love, love Facebook and because of the class I have also recently been spending a lot of time on Twitter and Instagram, tweeting, retweeting, participating in Twitter chats, and posting photos like crazy, frantically trying to keep up with the tsunami of incoming information and images.
And then, just before Thanksgiving, I’d had enough.
It was too much. I just simply could not keep up with it all, no matter how hard I tried.
So I stopped – for a few days I had not tweeted anything or posted any photos – even though I knew that my Klout score would go down.
That’s why this assignment – to be alone for 30 minutes – didn’t feel like a chore, or a homework, but was more like a gift, a gift of “ME TIME” that I don’t get very often.