What a month without social media has not given me.

  • I managed to read three books and listen to one audiobook which — compared to my average monthly read of one book (and zero audiobooks) — is a considerable improvement.
  • I met and talked to quite a lot of people, especially during the second part of my travel across Thailand —unable to hide behind my phone, pretending I was super busy doing something extremely important (as one is on a paradise island with no reception…), I was sort of forced to make eye contact and connect with those around me.
  • Surprisingly I also ended up watching much less TV (or Netflix, in my case) and that, again, freed more time for other activities, like sports, Japanese classes (which I finally managed to sign up to…!), meeting friends and, as per the first point, reading.
  • I started regularly listening to podcasts during my morning commute (when I’m too sleepy to read) and discovered quite a lot of new titles, learning a lot of interesting stuff in an almost passive way. To ‘spice things up’ a little, I’d spend my evening commute reading and thus increasing my monthly reading ratio. A win-win situation, if you ask me.
  • In April I also took photos purely for myself and not for my modest Instagram following. This meant that I took much less photos on my mobile, instead switching to my camera, which I always inteded to use more, but somehow couldn’t. Funnily enough, seeing my friends take photos of food or drinks, only to post them on Instagram, did make me feel a bit weird. Don’t you think it’s a very weird behavioural pattern that we’ve developed…!?
  • I stopped texting and communicating with my friends as much as I used to, which of course gave me more free time to focus on other stuff, but also made some of my friends feel a little bit abandoned… and I don’t blame them! I myself hate when people are flakey, replying to texts late or failing to stay in touch in general, and then I became that very person!
  • My friend and her partner decided to elope and get married, and I completely missed it…!
  • Avicii was pronounced dead on the 20th of April and I only found out about it from others. Considering that I was spending that very weekend in Stockholm, Avicii’s hometown, I’m sure I’d find out about it sooner or later, but still...
    (Totally off topic, I’m still so sad about it all…! I’ll read more about the circumstances of his death tomorrow, when my ban on social media is lifted, but for now I’m listening to his True album on repeat, barely managing to stop myself from crying everytime I hear ‘Hey Brother’…).
  • Somehow relatedly, I stopped reading news in general and I’m sure I must’ve missed quite a lot of world events... Considering how much the news from Poland upset me lately, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I feel I’ll have some catching up to do in May.
  • April was full of so many cool experiences I was dying to share with the world, but couldn’t, which left me somehow disappointed. But fear not! You shall all soon be flooded with all the photos from Dubai, Thailand, Sweden, London, my birthday party… Feel free to unfollow me ;).
  • On that note, I had a quick look at my Instagram account just now and I lost 30+ followers…! Where did they all go?! Can someone explain this to me?
  • Lastly, I really fell out of my writing habit. Even though I didn’t write that much in March, at least I wrote a couple of posts here on Medium and I also write regularly at work, which kept the spark burning. My long(er) holiday and staying away from Medium really chipped into my writing confidence and freedom of written expression… Again, something to work on in May.

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Agnieszka Zbieranska

Agnieszka Zbieranska

Business Psychologist, Life Coach & NLP Practitioner, 200hr Yoga Teacher. A firm believer that we can all be better than ‘ok’, in every area of our lives.