Everything was going fine until I decided to become a blogger. Then all of a sudden, I was in a dozen Facebook groups, had accounts on every major social channel and checked each and every one obsessively on a daily basis.
When I found myself mindlessly scrolling through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on a loop for 4 hours while binge-watching a new show on Netflix I knew I had a problem (and I’m not talking about the binge-watching). It’s time to do something about it…
Reasons why I need a social media break
I spend way too much time scrolling through social media feeds for absolutely no reason and I feel like I am wasting my life away by obsessively checking my feeds.
I want to conquer my fear of missing out (FOMO) by taking myself out of loop. I think it’s one of the reasons why I am constantly checking my social feeds. It’s a bit ridiculous really.
I want to be fully present when I am with friends and family. I can’t tell you how many times I picked up my iPhone mid-conversation and opened the Facebook app. When I am with other people I need to focus on being with them, not being on social media.
Quiet My Mind
I want to step away from the noise and quiet my mind to allow for deeper reflections. I have a hard time concentrating most days and I really think my obsessive use of social media contributes to that.
I want to make time for other interests such as reading, blogging, re-learning the piano, camping, hiking, and being outdoors. These are a few of the things that I used to enjoy doing before I got sucked into a social media twilight zone.
On most days, I feel like something is missing. And I need time to figure out what that is…
I thought about this for an entire week before I made the decision to only break from certain social media platforms. I am eliminating my biggest time-wasters and will continue to use a few platforms (or parts of them) for personal use and blogging.
Here is what my social media break looks like:
- Delete Facebook, Twitter, and Google + apps from my iPhone and iPad. If I do need to check on any of the three, I can access them from my laptop. But I will limit checking them to one day per week, when possible.
- No posting to Twitter, Facebook profile, Facebook pages, Facebook Groups or Google + (not even for my blog!) I know that sounds like blogger suicide, but I am willing to accept the challenge of bringing traffic to my blog in other ways.
- No more scrolling through Twitter or Facebook news feeds or Facebook groups (for hours!) This is just nuts. But I did it. And it has to stop.
- Keep one social network (Instagram) active for personal use so I can still share photos with friends and family. My Instagram account is now set to private and I only allow follows from people I know.
- Use Bloglovin’ to read blogs I follow and to discover new blogs. I don’t consider Bloglovin’ social. I use it as an RSS feed reader.
- Use Pinterest for saving things. I don’t consider Pinterest social anymore. It is a visual search engine and bookmarking site.
- Use a Secret mastermind group on Facebook for blog goals and accountability with my friend. I may decide to use other Facebook groups again to network with other bloggers. I haven’t decided yet.
- Use Facebook Messenger for personal text messages. I don’t like to give my phone number out so many of my friends contact me through Messenger.
- Check for mentions or comments once per week from my computer to thank others for sharing my work on Facebook or Twitter. Just because I am not using them, doesn’t mean others aren’t.
Right now, I can’t say how long this break will last. But, I do hope that I free up more time to enjoy other non-digital activities.
I also hope that my social media withdrawals don’t last too long, ha! I am a little anxious about this but I know that I need to make a change and this change feels right. Wish me luck!