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Believe me, I am still alive

Apart from the weekly links digests and a couple of posts about the iPhone 6 that I had for three days (now returned), it’s been over a month since I posted anything of substance on here. This is despite me being able to post a new blog entry just about every day earlier this year. So, today, here’s me thinking out loud.

The past couple of months have been really busy for me. Work has taken a big chunk of my life and, in particular, I haven’t been able to take much time off on weekdays to catch up with things. Plus I’ve spent more time out and about on evenings and weekends.

In fact, all I’ve been feeling like lately is that I need to catch up – there’s always something I’ve had to do that’s late or pending. Whether it’s keeping up with unread articles I’ve saved to Pocket, reading magazines or just generally keeping on top of social media, I’ve spent several weeks constantly behind.

And because of this I haven’t had so much time to do fun stuff on my own. I’ve played World of Warcraft no more than a couple of times in three months – mainly because until last week there’d been no new content to play for months. But I also haven’t had much time to go out on my own and do things during the daytime.

I realised that keeping on top of social media was taking a big chunk out of my day. I’m one of those people who likes to read every tweet and every Facebook status update, and so it’s easy to get overwhelmed. So I spent quite a bit of time going through the people I followed on Twitter, and either unfollowing people altogether or at least disabling retweets for some people. I unfollowed around 50 accounts in the end, which was about 30% of the accounts I followed. I also streamlined my Facebook news feed somewhat.

But I also need to take more time off work. I have a number of days of time off in lieu of overtime to take, plus a chunk of my annual leave allowance remaining unused. Over the past couple of years I’ve ended up carrying days over that I haven’t used, so I really need to make an effort to take the days off that I’m entitled to.

Last week I was off ill for a day and a half. I doubt it was stress related – more likely a reaction to the ‘flu vaccination that I had last Monday, which effectively gave me mild ‘flu. But it was the first time that I’ve had to take any sick leave in over two and a half years. That’s obviously a good thing but I was annoyed that I broke such a long stint without being ill.

I am, however, off work for the whole of next week. Christine and I are off for a weekend break this weekend, and then I have the rest of the week to do, well, something. I haven’t any concrete plans as yet. Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch up with everything that I’ve missed lately, and be all fresh and ready for the winter season.

One Comment

  1. I also did a bit of a Twitter purge the other week. Trying to get my signal to noise ratio under control as it was getting out of hand. I follow a few bands who got very retweet happy (retweeting anyone who said “great gig last night”) so turning those off for a select few has proven worthwhile. I _think_ I’ve gotten it under control. Now, if I could only keep up with blog posts…