Fasting Facebook, Twitter & YouTube

I was inspired to try this thanks to my recent purchase of Tim Ferris’ The Four Hour Workweek.


No Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube for one week.


Waste less time on meaningless tasks and use new-found time productively.


Good. I resisted all initial urges. I have one day left.


One of the ideas in 4HWW was to batch tasks. Rather than checking your Facebook and Twitter updates several times a day, batch ’em. Check once a day. Once a week would be better. You won’t miss anything important. If it’s important enough, people will call or text.


YouTube is amazingly useful and entertaining. It can also be a major time eater. I recommend batching YouTube sessions, unless the videos are educational or personally meaningful. Set a daily time limit.

Productivity & Freedom

With my new-found time, I was able to accomplish more than usual at home. I’ve found time to read books and study Japanese. The meaningless tasks were eating my time and distracting me from the important.


One thought on “Fasting Facebook, Twitter & YouTube

  1. 1. I should include that I signed into Facebook on my iPhone at a wedding party (day 3) to show some friends a pic of my turtles. (They were asking)

    2. I uploaded pics of the party to Facebook via Picasa. I did NOT sign in.

    3. I used YouTube a few times for educational purposes: Google Adwords tutorial/seminar. NOT a waste of time.

    That's it. All of these exceptions are fine, since no time was wasted.


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