Disclaimer: These are all personal experiences not research based!! It’s exciting and I don’t want to spend too much time talking and ruin the excitement of what I discovered for myself! So, here we go! First, I drafted a few questions which would lead me to creating a good DETOX plan which was not so DEPRIVING and which would help me determine the level of my addiction to Social Media 😍😂!
- What is the first thing I think of/do or reach-for when I can’t sleep in the middle of the night? The answer was: looking at my cell phone.
- What is the first thing I do when I wake up in the morning before I even say my prayers and take a shower. The answer was: looking at my cell phone.
- When I am at work or bored at a game or at a function what to I do to get me excited or keep me occupied? The answer was: looking at my cell phone
- When I reach for my phone, where do I usually go first? The answer was: my social media apps
- Out of all the hours in a day, how many would I say I spend reading a book? doing stuff with my kids? doing something meaningful for me besides being on my phone? The answer was: I spend a majority of my time on social media
- What about social media that attracts me so much which makes me feel controlled by my phone? The answer was: the gossip, marketing ideas, trending stuff & things I think of posting on my page.
Answering these few questions helped me put in perspective how bad my phone controlled me and see how bad social media occupied most of my time. I realized I was my own enemy. I procrastinated a lot and always blamed it on not having enough time in the day to do the things that would help me grow and improve.
I knew I needed to do something. I needed to regain control of my time and I needed to start now! So, this is what I did.
- I re-evaluated my goals. These were goals that I already had set for myself but the only problem was, I just never got them started or accomplished because I was a procrastinator. However, this time around I re-established them (goals) and set a time line on them.
- I made sure I wrote my goals down on my note book and step by step described how I would accomplish them
- I started with what was most important to me and which if I accomplished would make me feel so good
- I prayed about my goals every day
- I wrote 5 things to accomplish each day of the week and out of those five, if I accomplished one, that was a success
- I established a goal to spend an hour on social media. I divided that hour into three 20 minutes: reading gossip, posting on my page, checking out marketing ideas and responding to msgs.
If you too are feeling like how I did and wonder how to un-glue yourself from the social media addiction but don’t know how, I encourage you to start with these same questions and as you go start tailoring them to your own specifics depending on what you are trying to accomplish.
Follow up question: What do you enjoy about social media?