In my post "Look Up" from a few weeks ago I mention how important it is that we stop spending so much time staring at our phones and actually LOOK UP at what is around us. As much as I love to talk the talk, now it's time I walked the walk.
This weekend I removed all social media applications from my phone. I also removed a majority of shopping apps (except Amazon, because I'm not stupid), all games and all other 'time wasters'. My phone is now JUST a phone I use to make calls, send/receive text messages, check the occasional email, and shop for baby items on Amazon.
In merely 24 hours without the social icons, I can't believe how much my vision has changed. I already feel clearer-minded. I did constantly reach for my phone the first 12 hours or so, and then it became very natural...and now on day 2 I'm already forgetting to take my phone with me when I move room to room in my house.
I had been spending so much time staring at my screen that I wasn't even participating in meals with my son. I wasn't actively engaged in conversations with my husband. I talked to hundreds of people a day but I didn't really say anything.
It seemed really daunting to start, but now I'm thrilled I did it. I am now considering this a challenge to myself. How long can I last without social media on my phone?
In line at Walgreens to pick up my prescription today I had to just sit there. In my car. Listening to the radio. Didn't have anyone to talk to (thanks Mom for watching Billy on my lunch hour so I could get things done!), didn't have any news feeds to endlessly scroll through. Just me, my car and the radio. It was nice!
I have kept the social apps on my iPad, and I only use them when Billy is sleeping. Because honestly, to Billy the iPad is a magical place where Curious George appears so if I do as much as unlock the screen when he is awake I get mauled.
So much of my day Monday-Friday is spent in front of a computer/iPad screen working* that I am already missing out on that time with my son. I feel so free now that I have disconnected myself from my phone. I can lay on the floor and build blocks with him without looking over and checking my notifications. I can keep my phone on ring because it won't be dinging every 3 seconds with a new comment I NEED TO READ RIGHT NOW.
Now I challenge you to do the same. Are you willing? How long do you think you'll last?
*The ironic part of all of this is that my profession is Social Media Producer. I am literally a full time social media manager and analyst. You'd think I would be sick of it by the end of the day!
Powered by Blogger.
A friend of mine suggested making salt dough ornaments to remember how tiny Billy is this Christmas and since I love taking every opportunit...
A few nights ago I was cruising through my Facebook newsfeed and had to stop to gawk. A friend of mine reupholstered an old recliner into th...
This is a post I've been aspiring to complete since we moved in...The "Final" home tour. It's REALLY photo heavy but here ...
If you're a regular reader, you know I am a big brand advocate. I find brands that I love and stick with them, because they just work! ...
This past Sunday was the last of our trilogy of baby showers. I was so overwhelmed from seeing all the women I love over the last few wee...
Breastfeeding is a lot harder than I thought. Why does no one tell you these things? How about when your friends or someone you know gets p...
You've seen them everywhere - those 'Life Hack' posts of things that people SWEAR make your life easier! Well, I've been try...
I'm exhausted. I've been battling a cold (which I think I'm almost over now - celebration! ) so I had to take a 'Must-Know M...
I really wanted to wait to post this until April 1 with the month of giveaways...but I couldn't wait. It's just too wonderful. ...
Because we will be cloth diapering Billy, there are many layers for me to peel back and different topics to learn about. Last week I learne...
Baby Craft Accomplished House Pregnancy Design Shopping Recipe Emotions Holidays Parenting Goals GIfts Organize Stress Toddler Baking Sewing Vent Seasons Cloth Diapers Updates Breastfeeding Cleaning Budgeting DIY Pets Grocery Challenge 2012 Healthy Wedding Giveaway Fashion Garden Confession Photography registry Print Travel Must-Know Mondays Work Jamberry Marriage Meal Plan Beauty Church Workout Vacation birth story whatifeedmykid Birth Grilling Review kitchen postpartum shower BlogHer Charity crafts family friendship motherhood painting play potty training preschool presents renovation sensory