If you are like the 5 people you spend the most time with, how many of those would be phone apps? Oh dang, I share a bit about how a break from my phone resulted in a fresh gratitude practice, and a digital detox. If you’ve been finding yourself scrolling and desiring more, you need to hear this.
In July I took 1 week off of social media. It really got me thinking about how I was spending time on my phone, and on the social media platforms I was interacting with. I didn’t like it, but I wasn’t sure what I needed to change.
Leading into August I realized that I needed to check the way I was spending my time and start to understand how it was impacting my attitude. A friend suggested starting a gratitude journal. So I asked a few friends to join me and we spend 30 days in the journal itself. I started reading Anything by Jennie Allen (working on finishing it still).
At the end of the 30 days I realised I wanted to keep managing my time and attention by taking back control of my downtime and adjust my social view on Facebook, Instagram, and even my mobile phone. I left over 20 facebook groups and unfollowed a lot of accounts that felt like they were selling to me at all time. I used the Erin Condren Gratitude Journal following the daily prompts that they provided me at Plancaiton.
As September began I wanted to understand further how I could adopt less digital scrolling and pursue more of my goals and interests. I joined the Knock Out Print shop Digital Detox challenge. I’m reading Digital Minimalism and have limited my social media time on my iPhone (where I consume this content the most) to 4 hours a day after I realized I was spending 6 hours a day on social media.
In this episode I ask the following questions:
If you are like the 5 people you spend the most time with, how many of those would be phone apps?
In that context – If the social media platforms you love were your bff’s, are they giving back to you? OR just wasting your time?
Would you be friends with someone constantly selling you stuff non stop?
These are the questions I’ve had to ask myself over this past 90 days while resetting my expectations. I’d love to hear if this is something you’ve tackled or have found a great way to manage. This episode shares this piece of my journey.
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