If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then I’m sure you’ve noticed the lapse in content over the last two months. To be perfectly honest with you, I was going through a lot of personal changes in my daily life and my overall self. They weren’t bad changes (it’s never as bad as we think), they were necessary changes in my thinking, my behavior and my environment. And as I was working and focusing on myself, I couldn’t really work on this blog.
Unfortunately I haven’t mastered the whole work life balance thing but I’m trying like hell to! In the process of me trying, I decided to try something that I’ve never done before.
I intentionally limited my social media intake.
I didn’t do it because social media is/was the problem…I did it because social media can be overwhelming at times. I don’t know about you but there are times that it drains me mentally and because the bulk of my work revolves around social media, it really gets overwhelming.
So I deleted my Snapchat app, mostly because it takes up too much space on my phone and I also deleted my Facebook app and the Messenger app that goes with it. I haven’t deleted my accounts, I just deleted the apps on my phone. I only access Facebook from my laptop and as far as Snapchat…I’ll hop back on when I have something worthwhile to share. I don’t normally check Instagram unless I’m uploading a photo, which hasn’t been as frequent these days, so it didn’t really need to be deleted.
Here’s what I learned:
- Social media kills my productivity. – As soon as I stopped browsing Facebook on my phone, I began to use my notes app to jot down and flesh out ideas of mine that I’ve been sitting on for months. I’ve also been able to devote more of my time to researching information for my posts and PR clients.
- I’m not missing anything by being absent. – As a media professional, social media isn’t an option. You have to use it. With it being treated as a necessity, you can begin to feel like you have to be in that space otherwise you’ll miss something. The truth is, limiting your time on it isn’t going to make you miss anything. If anything I’m more aware of what’s going on in the world. Knowing what’s going on in someone’s life isn’t really what’s important anyway.
- I think clearer. – I noticed that I had more clarity in my own life and for the decisions I need to make the less and less time I spent on Facebook. This one is hard to put into words but I just felt like my mind was more free.
- I’m happier. – This particular lesson surprised me. I don’t think social media was making me sad, but it was doing something to my mood. I don’t know if the social comparison theory was coming into play without me realizing it but I’m the happiest that I’ve been in months. No lie.
I’m not against social media by any means, I think it’s powerful and a great tool for the world we live in. I’ve just learned that just because it’s part of our culture doesn’t mean that I have to participate everyday, all day. Not clicking my Facebook app has been so refreshing!