It’s not really your fault that you get sucked into the black hole of “…I’m just going to quickly check that Facebook message” but then forget to come back up for air for another hour. It's innately built in to the social media set-up, completely intentional. We’ve all been there. It’s especially enticing when you work from home and can check it as many times as you’d like without prying eyes watching.
I had a suspicion that I was spending too much time on social media but I KNEW I needed a time-out when the actual thought of “breaking-up” with Facebook and Instagram made me anxious. (In this circumstance, I'll consider it a good thing that I barely know how to use Twitter.)
In the spirit of getting things done, I made a clean break and disappeared off the Internet for a week, with no announcement. This isn’t an original idea and some of you might be wondering why this is even a blog-worthy. The answer is simple. Most things are fine in moderation but when we stop being present and go on auto-pilot, then we aren’t making conscious choices. When our decisions are mindful, then we live our lives with much more clarity. But when taking pictures or “checking in” gets in the way of enjoying a meal, holding someone’s hand or falling asleep at night, then we’ve gone too far. (Have you had that moment when someone annoyingly stopped a conversation to “take a quick picture of that…?” Yep, me too…that “someone” was ME!)
Being disconnected for a week was incredibly freeing. It allowed me the time to really appreciate life. As cliche as it sounds, it forced to me to "take stock" of the amazing friends and family that I have, the unbelievable experiences available to me in NYC and the ease of doing things more simply.
I’m not sure at which point I decided that I needed to check Facebook and Instagram before I got out of bed in the morning but it was definitely happening and this was NO bueno. So one week later and a lot more relaxed, I was officially hooked. Here’s how I spent my “Social Media Breakup”:
It was a lovely, very busy week of NYC goodness that reminded me of what I sometimes miss out on in the quest for "sharing the perfect...something." No, I’m not giving up social media for good because I love being connected and sharing our lives with each other via pictures and quick updates.
But I am committed to giving it up for one week per month. Yes, a full 7-day cleanse every month to enjoy time with the people I love, re-fuel + refocus, uninterrupted. I still have to work so I'll be on email but no Instagram and no Facebook for a full week, not even a quick peek. Life happens off-line too and I'll indulge in that while I'm "away."
If you, too, had a social media breakup (or would like to), then leave a comment. I'd love to hear your thoughts. The next Insta-break starts this Monday August 11th. Are you interested in taking a few days to re-connect + refocus, uninterrupted? I'd love for you to join me. (I've created a hashtag and everything so you know I mean business! Of course this is only meant to be used AFTER the insta-break is over:) #instabreakweek2)
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