Each year, Nancy and I endeavor (along with our church) to change things up for the first couple weeks of the year.  We fast and pray, seek the Lord and try to start the year off right.

This year is no different, and I’m going to include in it a media fast, including social media.  I’ll still be active on the blog, but you won’t see much activity on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook aside from that.  I’m also cutting out all my normal news sources for about a week and a half.  It’s a strong reminder to my psyche that all of that stuff doesn’t rule me, doesn’t determine my priorities.

I’m taking inspiration from Chapter 6 of The Four-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris to help me remember its ok to not consume all the media I normally do.

It is imperative that you learn to ignore or redirect all information and interruptions that are irrelevant, unimportant, or unactionable.  Most are all three . . . Most information is time-consuming, negative, irrelevant to your goals, and outside your influence.

I love a media fast, because it seeks to reclaim lost time from Facebook, Twitter, the news, the blogosphere, and everywhere else we peter away countless hours of our lives without realizing it.  It helps us maintain perspective on what’s important, and focus our energies on the things we can actually effect.

Though I’ll be writing, I understand if you embark on a media fast as well, and we’ll catch up in a week or so.

Question: Have you done a media fast like this before?  What benefits did you experience from it?