I blocked a bunch of sites on my work laptop for the first time in two weeks and I have to say: I had such a better day when I wasn’t going on Facebook once (or five, who are we kidding?) an hour. All you do is read about the election, people fighting on their comment statuses about said-election, or people posting stupid shit that has nothing to do with anything and that interests exactly zero people on the internet. It’s such toxic shit.
I signed on via Safari on my phone twice during the day and that was more than enough. During the day I’ve been sticking to Gothamist, The New York Times Real Estate section, and Curbed.
Facebook is great for networking but it sucks for your state of mind.
Of course it does.
I feel like I keep seeing these New York Times’ and Curbed articles about people who love the Upper West Side. And then I feel extremely grateful that the prior few bidders on my apartment didn’t know how to fill out a board application and I was – or my broker was, to be clear, because that shit is complicated.
I live within a couple of blocks of the water and two massive parks. I live two blocks from the best bagels in the city (not my words, everyone else’s), I have some awesome bars, Columbia’s sprawling, green campus, an adorable independent pet store that comes complete with an adorable pet store kitten, Book Culture, The Hungarian Pastry Shop, and a Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Westside Market. And lots of trains.
I love my ‘hood and I am very fortunate to be able to live here.
And if I have the means, I’m never leaving.
The Upper West Side Wins
I’ve been making mistakes here and there at work lately.
Ever since I took on recruiting for my company, it’s been a huge time suck. I love doing it, but it’s taken away a lot of my attention from other aspects of my job. No mistakes have been huge or unfixable but still annoying.
You know what else is a huge time suck? Social media.
So, what did I do today? I downloaded the app “SelfControl” and blocked Facebook, Tumblr, Gawker, BroadwayWorld (those boards are like a never-ending hole of insanity), and I’ll probably block Curbed tomorrow, too.
And you know what? It worked. I didn’t miss Facebook at all because it’s just become a place to a) feel bad about your life, or b) a place to be an asshole and bitch about stuff. And my Tumblr feed has become insanely boring.
Here’s hoping I can continue down this path of No Distractions.