If you didn’t notice already over the last couple of weeks I’ve been off the social media radar and it’s never felt better. Why you ask? Like everyone else the first thing I did when I woke up in the morning was look at my phone, scroll down Instagram, check Snapchat, watch silly videos on Facebook and before I knew it it would be half an hour later and I’d be rushing around trying to get ready for the day. During the day I’d check my social media countless amounts of times looking at the same meaningless posts again and again, and don’t even get me started on how long I’m on my phone after I clamber into bed.
I’m sure we can all agree on the fact that we spend far more time than we actually intend to on social media but do we actually gain anything from it or does it really make us feel good? Not really. At the beginning of the year I set a list of goals, which you’ll find here (New Year New Horizons), and I stated that I wanted to read a book a month which last month I didn’t achieve. Yup I blame social media. So I deactivated my main Instagram account in hope that it would encourage me to read more which it has. For work reasons I had to keep my business Instagram account and Facebook but I promised myself not to use them unless it was replying to mails or I needed to for some other reason.
One thing I did notice was as soon as I deactivated my Instagram account was the messages that came firing through. “Whats wrong?” “You deleted Instagram, is everything OK?”… I laughed. If anything it was the best I felt in a good while, the feeling of not having the pressure to post daily, interact with your followers and like other peoples posts. Not only that but I also put my phone on silent, no vibration, nothing. For some reason I had built up this uncontrollable nervous impulse that as soon as I felt my phone vibrate in my pocket I’d have to see who had messaged.
Finally after the two week break I gained control again, I began checking my phone when I had a spare moment, spent more time conversating with those around me but also didn’t see it as a necessity. So not only did I manage to finish the book I was reading, ‘The Million Dollar Blog‘ but also felt refreshed and back in control of the amount of time I chose to spend on my phone. I’ve reactivated my Instagram account but have chosen to keep my phone on silent with no vibration and I can honestly say I feel much better for it.
Understandable many of us need and use social media for work purposes or for our businesses but we can all work around it. I chose to take a two week break from my personal Instagram account but maybe you should even start considering taking a 3 day break, or possibly choose to leave your phone behind on your designated date night. I can promise you, you won’t regret it.