I’ve never been someone to sit and just stare at my phone when I’m in company and I often have my mobile on silent so it doesn’t disturb me too much. When I’m with others 99% of the time they have my full attention.
What I realised though is that whenever I was bored, feeling a bit lonely or adverts came onto the television I would automatically pick up my phone and scroll mindlessly through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. I realised quite a few times that I was getting so absorbed that a few hours could pass before I realised I was still scrolling. And scrolling…..and scrolling. Let’s not even get into notifications and how many times I picked my phone up in between these sessions.
Then there was WhatsApp. I was a part of numerous group chats and could receive up to 200 notifications in a day – numerous people and numerous conversations = a lot of noise.
Back in September last year I made a decision to try to simplify my life and live each day with more intention. I started with my home and wardrobe and then went as far as social media, apps on my phone and anything digital.
I still have Facebook. I’m not sure why I’ve not been able to completely come off it. I rarely post and honestly just use it to store all my photos for safe keeping. I know I like to feel connected to old friends I don’t really see anymore, extended family members, ex work colleagues but I rarely actually connect with them. I just see flashes of their lives now and they see mine.
For now I’ve turned off all notifications and spent the time to untick all the boxes related to what Facebook think I want to see advertisements on but I rarely go on it now anyway. If you have any suggestions as to where I can store multiple photos for free that is also secure please let me know!
I think I spent most of my time on this even though I probably only tweeted twice myself….deleted.
Now this app I love (I’m interested in photography after all…) and thoroughly enjoy using it. I post regularly, I’m always searching for new accounts to follow and I use it for inspiration. Keep. I have however turned off all notifications.
Never had it and don’t want it. Not even sure what it is!
Total waste of time. Deleted.
Too many people speaking at once, too many notifications, too many conversations at once. Couldn’t handle it. Deleted.
I also deleted all the apps I never used, would never use and any shopping apps. Unfortunately there are quite a few apps you can’t delete on an iPhone (damn you Apple).
I then went for inbox zero in both my personal email and my work email. I organised everything important and that I needed to keep into folders. I unsubscribed to all newsletters and began blocking all the pesky promotional emails that were landing in my junk folders.
I tackled my personal laptop and organised all my documents and photography into appropriate folders as well as the numerous documents in drives on my work PC.
I also deleted all bookmarks for future reading that I’ve never actually managed to get around to read. If I didn’t have time to read an article at the time I won’t in the future.
Once I finished doing all of the above (took me whole day!) I felt like a weight was off my shoulders. I felt less stressed. I still do even now. Any emails I get are genuine emails from contacts. If I need to find a document it’s easy to find. Everything has its place and it saves me so much time.
Also not being consistently disturbed by notifications has meant more intentional time with my husband of an evening. Less distraction and trying to do two things at once = less stressed and a happier me.
Friends now have to text or (shock horror!) call me on the telephone….
How much time would you say you spend on social media in a day? Do you ever get fed up with numerous notifications like I did? What apps do you use regularly?