No FB on weekdays

I have a personal project that has been going on for the past two weeks.

I don’t do Facebook on weekdays.

Why did I do it? I feel that I am losing sleep by being on Facebook. The time that I could have just slept on was spent on getting updated with friends’ activities, watching videos and reading the news feed. There’s nothing wrong with these but I think there are more pressing matters that I need to do and I’d rather forego these things. Before, I would be on Facebook for one to two hours, before I sleep. Checking my news feed was also the first thing I do when I wake up. And sometimes when I wake up in the middle of the day, I can no longer return to sleep. Sometimes I only sleep for three to four hours. That’s how bad it is.

After not using Facebook, I was able to sleep earlier and better. I no longer felt that urge to know what’s happening with my friends and what they are interested in. The ultimate proof that I was able to sleep well is that I no longer drink coffee in the office. I used to have a cup of sugar free white coffee at the start of my shift. Sometimes another cup by lunch. Now, I just drink plenty of water. Which is even more beneficial because I was able to poop every day.

Don’t get me wrong. There are lots of good things in FB. You get updated with how your “friends” are doing. I put friends in quotes because some of them are just acquaintances. You also get to know the best place to eat. The downside for me, however, is I get envious whenever I see people travelling. I feel bad that I do not go out that much anymore. I envy pictures of friends in famous destinations. As a hobbyist, I would want to go wherever they are going and take a lot of photos. And so to avoid from committing a sin of being envious, I want to minimize FB.

Am I missing anything because I don’t do Facebook on weekdays? I don’t think so. I’m still here breathing. I still get to go on with my life. I’m still able to work and contribute something to society. So far, okay naman ako. Mukhang wala naman akong na-miss sa buhay.

I only have a limited number of websites that I visit whenever I have a chance. There’s Gmail, Inquirer Mobile, Yugatech, Techmeme, Desiring God, Crosswalk, Smashing Magazine, Lifehacker, Lifehack and Architecture and Design. I used to visit 9Gag, but during a Prayer and Fasting week two years ago, I decided to give that up. I was so addicted to 9Gag that every day I scroll down on its posts until I reach a post that I already read the previous day. That meant reading hundreds of posts.

So if there’s something in your life today that hinders you from doing things that are far more important, I suggest that you slowly take it out. Pursue things that are beneficial and more God-glorifying.

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