No Twitter in December

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Last month, I started my first 30-day challenge: I didn’t drink any alcohol for 30 days. In December, I’ll get rid of Twitter.

Before I tell you more about Twitter, I should probably tell you how that month without alcohol went. ?

It actually wasn’t too bad. I am not a big drinker, so this first challenge was probably an easy one for me. I usually have a whisky or some wine after a hard day at work and on weekends; this wasn’t hard to cut, although I will say that I cheated a bit and replaced alcohol with chocolate. I’ll tackle that addiction in January!

What was actually harder was to refuse alcohol when going out to meet a friend or when invited at a family dinner. That’s something I didn’t think about before the month began. When going out, I’m used to having a beer or a fröccs; asking for a soft drink when your friends are drinking beer is a bit weird. When invited at a family dinner, we drink whisky, pálinka and wine; it’s obviously a lot harder to refuse alcohol when you’re a guest. ?

But we survived, and it wasn’t that bad. Verdict: I’m not an addict. ?

Getting rid of Twitter, on the other hand, will be a lot more difficult. It was an obvious choice for my second challenge because it’s probably one of my worst addictions today. I don’t use it much when I’m at my computer, but it’s my go-to mobile app.

If I have even a few seconds of free time, I’ll pull up my phone and check Twitter. I know it’s a bad habit: it’s not polite when others are around, it’s a bad example to set for my daughter, and it doesn’t bring anything positive to my day. With 530 tweets this year so far, I’m not what you’d call a prolific tweeter. Most of my activity is reading, and monitoring a few keywords (mostly work-related, just to help folks with questions.)

Tweets

Most of my feed is shared between politics, arguments, rants, and complaints. Nothing better to bring down your morale after a long day, right before to go to bed.

So why do I do it? It really feels like an addiction at this point: I know it’s bad for me, but I can’t stop myself. Until today. I’ve uninstalled the app from my phone, and logged out of Tweetdeck on my computer.

Let’s see how this month goes!

  1. Last time you posted about 30 day challenges, I said I want to do 30 days of being a strict vegan. 30 days fits neatly between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’m on day 7. So far so good.

    • Nice, congrats!

      May I ask where you’ve been finding ideas for meals, and recipes? I would really like to try this in one of my next 30 day challenges, but I have no idea how to cook anything without at least some butter, milk, or cream. ?

  2. I’m not one to cook anything fancy so I’ve been eating mostly lots of fruit and stir-fried vegetables. I did look online and while there are lots of places to get vegan recipes, I was surprised to see that for me, Reddit offered some of the most useful ideas. https://www.reddit.com/r/veganrecipes/

  3. Congrats on finishing the first and tackling the second! Excited to see your results at the end of the year.

    …I will say that I cheated a bit and replaced alcohol with chocolate. I’ll tackle that addiction in January!

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  4. I uninstalled Twitter from my phone a week or so ago. It wasn’t premeditated, but more of a “why I am checking Twitter right now? It’s nothing good and not bringing my joy. Deleted.”

    I didn’t cut it out from the desktop, but I don’t use it (or Facebook) all that often when at the desk. I’m interested in hearing how your habits change. For me, so far, I use the WordPress app more for the Reader to find content and been microblogging on my site more.

    Next up is figuring out how to setup things so I could post only from the app (could I setup a only-Publicize-when-blank rule? Prefill the Twitter message with the first 100 characters of the post?) instead of needing to wp-admin’ing it.

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