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.)
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!