What’s the first thing you do when you wake up? If you’re anything like me, you roll over and check your phone.
For me, it’s almost instinctual, but also like a nervous tick. I manage websites and social media for a living. I’m basically always connected. But I think that’s the case for most people now in our hyper-connected world. We are always ‘on’ or we are expected to be.
Since starting a couple of blogs in my personal time (including this one), the social media itch has become quite a lot worse. This whole other world of connections, relationships and instant gratifications exists in the palm of my hand – of course, I want to be a part of that!
What I have noticed is that, with my increase of social media activity, I seem to be losing bandwidth in my brain to function and focus on other things. I am exhausted after juggling email, breakfast & insta for 5 minutes in the morning – like I’ve already exhausted all of my brainpower to engage and interact.
Now, I’m not a terribly social person in the real world. I’m much more of an introvert. I love to be alone and sometimes I need to be alone. Which makes what I’m building to here all the more worthwhile.
I don’t want to continue expending the little social function I have on mostly useless emails, and a Facebook feed jammed with videos of kittens (even though they are adorable).
If your social media itch becomes a compulsion, something you indulge in as second nature when you’re bored or watching T.V, that is when it becomes a habit you really need to explore.
So that is what I intend to do! I’m going to try and exist with social media free mornings. No email, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram until I start working in the morning (when I get paid to do it)! This might only be for an hour or two, but now that I have created this boundary to learn from, I’m sure it will feel like an eternity.
I’m going to start small. Maybe 7 days to start, which will count as my detoxing period.
Why am I doing this?
- Instagram will still be there when I choose to log in.
- I refuse to let myself succumb mentally to FOMO.
- We all deserve a little ‘disconnected’ time.
What do I hope to get out of my Social Media Free Mornings?
- A little more headspace, literally.
- Some clarity on what social media I want in my life, and what I can do without.
- A few doable, longer term media boundaries.