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Twitter, Facebook, Email & Voxer.

Twitter, Facebook, Email & Voxer.

Twitter, Facebook, Email & Voxer.

I couldn’t stop. I don’t know if it was the dopamine or the procrastination that kept this cycle going. Either way, it was getting out of hand. I had a terrible headache and was able to convince myself that it was okay to lie in bed and just keep going. It wasn’t as if there was anything that I had to do.

At some point, I don’t know when. I wasn’t timing myself. Heck, it’s a good thing because I probably would have added that to the rotation. But, my brain finally stood up for itself and said, “ENOUGH! You’re killin’ me. DO SOMETHING!”

So I did. I gave myself a task. And I wasn’t allowed to even glance at one of the big four (Twitter, Facebook, Email & Voxer) until I had listed 20 things that I could do to help move forward on three different projects on which I am working. Then and only then could I go back to the big four.

It was fun!

My brain was on hyperdrive. It had been dormant for the past several hours and was glad that it was finally being put to good use. Creating this list didn’t take long. Twenty minutes tops. Now, I told myself it was okay to go back to the big four. And I’m not gonna lie. I did. But not for very long.

Because you know why?

I wanted to get moving on my list. It was fun. I got started on four different things. This isn’t a fairy tale and I’m not gonna tell you that I stayed off of social media the rest of the evening. I didn’t. But I did slow down on the big four. And my brain did thank me. Heck, I must have slept well. I am wide awake at 5:30 AM writing this piece.

So, if you ever find yourself stuck in a rotation like I did last night. Don’t fret and don’t beat yourself up over it. Just stop. Find something to write with and something to write on. And start moving. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish. Your brain will thank you and you’ll feel a lot better.

Now you’ll have to excuse me.

I’ve got to get back to my list.


“The sooner we start sharing our imperfections with the people we serve and the people we love, the sooner they will stop expecting to be perfect.”


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6 comments on “The Big Four

  1. Hey Jon, love the quick, honest post. I just finished reading “The Power of Off” by Nancy Colier, which, based on the this post, you might be interested in. Thought I’d share. 🙂


    1. jonharper70 says:

      Thanks my friend. I will definitely check it out

    2. jonharper70 says:

      I will definitely check it out. Thanks so much for reading my piece and for the recommendation.

  2. Oh my gosh. Those are my big four too, and I get in the exact same cycle. It’s exhausting. I feel like a fish with a hook in my mouth. Glad I’m not the only one.

    1. jonharper70 says:

      Yes, they get me. It’s as if they know my weakness. But I’m definitely going to keep battling. Thanks for taking the time to read my piece even if it did mean you were on one of “the big four” at the time😃.

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