Knowledge is available to us if we seek it. We've got to find ways of digital detoxing from social media. Give our brains time to breathe.
1) I scheduled my screen time and programmed my phone to let me know how many hours I was spending a week on it. If it went over 4 hours per day, (don’t forget I run a digital business); I cut back the following week
2) I began to work on my client’s tasks in batches and when I was done, I was done. I stopped looking at social media continuously during the day⠀
3) I stopped treating still moments as times to check my phone. At my desk, I pushed away from it every two hours or so to take 5-7 deep, cleansing breaths or a water break.
4) I decided to sleep without my phone next to me that stopped me from reaching for it first thing in the morning’. At the gym (this was my big hurrah), I used my wireless headphones to connect to Itunes while the phone remained in my bag and in the locker. There would be no checking of social while I was working out.
5) I set goals for the amount of time needed to complete tasks and kept track by monitoring the time I was spending on social.
6) I had digital detox days where I simply did not post any content and while I use auto schedulers judiciously, they became a lifeline.
7) I kept my feed full of inspiration from bossbabes who inspire me. I followed accounts that motivated my mental and physical wellbeing rather than the curated, “perfect” accounts. The comparison rabbit hole can be easy to fall into. ⠀
8) When I felt overwhelmed with my work on sociaI media I recognised I was not delegating enough and asked my team members to level up their game
Learning all these things and more importantly being rigorous in my application of them, made me see that the passage of hours into nothingness can be alarming and strange; however, you only see this when you become self-aware. While it is impossible for me to be completely switched off 100% of the time, making these changes has allowed me to take better care of my health and mental well being.
How are you being more judicious about your use of social media? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.