Life Without Social Media: hint hint its amazing
I started writing here because I feared it would be really difficult for me to let go of social media, that my addiction to the scrolling and “seeing what people are up to” would have too strong a hold on me. I wanted to have an outlet to write about life in the real world, but also possibly to discuss the pros and cons of letting go of social media. I’m only a couple weeks in but my feelings about my current instagramless experience is quite different than I imagined. In addition to feeling a huge weight lifted from me, I am more focused on all the opportunities I would be missing if I still spent time scrolling, gaining nothing. I am aware of how I use my little bits of free time now that I don’t have anything on my phone I can zone out on. Exercise has begun to creep back in my life, for the sake of how good it feels, not to impress anyone else online. I have taken an interest in real estate, reading books and listening to podcasts and have even begun to get my real estate license. My goal is to pay off our credit card debt then continue to save for our first investment rental property. The market is crazy high right now, so I’m taking this time to learn and save.
In addition to the excitement of real estate, I am more focused in other areas, too. I have suddenly become more focused and streamlined at work. Rarely before now did I leave work feeling like I got everything done I needed. Now I am the most organized and on top of things I’ve ever been! It’s really crazy and it surprised me to see that immediate shift. I thought hard about how this could possibly affect my work quality so drastically and I have two thoughts. Without any temptation to reach for my phone, my work flow is less interrupted. Before I would take constant tiny breaks to scroll, even without intentionally doing so. Second, I find my mind to be calmer these days. All the overflow of endless photos and information flooding my brain was doing me no favors. From pretty yogurt bowls to exotic vacations to a kids playroom full of beautiful all natural toys and everyone else’s successes in business, family, and life in general, my mind was constantly reeling. I had a hard time seeming to land on a goal for too long. That’s one main reason I wanted to quit in the first place, but to see it having a positive effect on my work ethic is a welcomed bonus.
The weekends are so fun and freeing. I don’t know what you did this weekend unless I ran into you or we spoke about it. Seeing coworkers on Monday and not knowing how they spent their weekends, unless of course I ask them, is nice. The reminder that events that took place and weren’t posted did in fact happen. Like a fun date night where Chris and I walked from our house to the funk zone for a beer, or taking our boys to the fair where we all had so much fun my face literally hurt at the end. Or a long nap on Saturday, baking scones together and the boys riding their scooters around wearing capes. Fun, sweet and cute moments all captured by my brain, some by my own camera, and only were shared with those I wanted to share it with. This new way of life feels so good I can’t imagine going back to how it was before two weeks ago.