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What would you do with an extra 15.2 days a year?

That is longer than most vacations. You could drive across the USA and back and still have time to see the Grand Canyon. You could donate your time to a charity. You could take a cruise. You could build a tiny home and move in. You could learn a new language. You could________________fill in the blanks.

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So where is all this time coming from, you might ask? You barely have time to breath or fix dinner but now you have over 2 weeks to do all this wonderful stuff! Seriously?

Well, I am about to find out. And the simple thing I am doing to find this much time is to spend 1 hour a day off Facebook (and other social media). Just do this 365 hours or 15.2 days will release me for so many things I can't find the time to do now.

Now don't get me wrong, I enjoy the concept and the kitty videos and keeping up with friends and family. Sharing lost and missing children, dog and cat rescues and all things emotional is rewarding when I can help. I love swapping recipes and bragging about contests I have won here, at the Fair, and more. Seeing kids grow up too fast and finding old friends can make me feel connected like nothing else can.

But there is a side to this social media that can be taxing, wearing one down until our backs and eyes hurt. And then, there are the times when you want to be connected to those around you and you get lost in the myriad of chatter and other things take the place of important posts. This just happened to me. And it's happened before.

The excuse is everyone is busy. But not too busy to post about someone's this or someone else's that. A popular band in the 70's said "The things that pass for useless I can't understand".

So, I spent about an hour each day posting things that few people saw, even fewer commented on or liked. When my big post was ignored, it hit me how much time and effort I spent doing something that was basically a waste of time. Well, those days are over.

So, for my 15.2 days, I am going to write more, volunteer, play with the critters, paint the kitchen, make preemie hats and blankets, make some cooking videos, and take walks.

What would you do with yours?

Source: Nope, just organized thoughts from an untidy mind.

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August 27, 20140 found this helpful

I totally agree! FB is a big time waster and if you start on there you can get sucked in to wasting half a day! I try to not go on more than once a week and then I just glance at it.

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August 27, 20140 found this helpful

Excellent advice, there's just nothing else to say, excellent!

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August 28, 20140 found this helpful

Great Post! I'm not on Facebook and don't plan on getting on it.

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October 26, 20140 found this helpful

Not only Facebook. I find that just checking my emails can eat up an entire morning! I actually bought a tablet so I could quickly check my email in the morning but I am not savvy enough to jump around it all day!

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hahaha... so I move on! If there is something I really need to RSVP to I will set aside some time later in the day to do so or jump on for that one email and jump back off. I also keep a kitchen timer on my desk to limit my time on! :D

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March 6, 20150 found this helpful

I agree that FB is a big time waster, but rather than hear about what you plan on doing, I would much rather hear about what you did after the year is over.

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December 18, 20160 found this helpful

I am a great fan of all the Thrifty posts that Sandi makes so I reread this with interest.
Now, it seems that Sandi is still an avid poster so I am really curious as to how this "decision" worked out for her.

Sandi - any helpful comments?

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