I am currently taking the entire first quarter of 2020 off from Facebook.
I can’t say I’ve done more, but I’m quite positive I’ve accomplished more, in these few short weeks than I managed all of 2019. Part of the 2019 slump can be attributed to moving 2500 miles across country and starting a new life an entire year earlier then expected. There is something to be said for that. New place to live, new bindery/studio space, new job, etc…but there is something else. Social Media and in my case Facebook in particular. It’s a time suck.
I used to be on Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family on the East Coast. Then I was on Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family on the West Coast and those even further East than Pennsylvania. Turns out I was spending quite a bit of time on Facebook.
It’s now mid-February and I’ve managed to hammer out 84 pages of a script, develop a Website for Kranz Books Bindery (mostly), put launch Desk of the Bookbinder (this blog), and make more books than I’ve made in the past couple years combined.
I’m not saying I’m going to stay off Facebook forever or that you should consider abandoning the platform yourself. I’m just saying, it’s been an eye opener. I still have another six weeks left on my Social Media sabbatical and I can’t wait to see what else I manage to develop that’s been put off for way too long!