Hi, my name is Kristin and I have a problem.
I'm addicted to my phone and my computer, sometimes. Maybe it's the internet actually? Or just social media? Whatever you want to narrow it down to, my eyeballs LOVE IT.
I know it's a problem and yet it's a struggle to stop it.
I use it to distract myself from business, cooking dinner, sleeping?!
I've tried to quit things cold turkey, but we all know that never lasts. So instead of going from 100 to zero, I've been taking baby steps to reclaim my time. And dare I admit this (about to knock on my desk) but it's working?!
Limits are a good thing.
I used to think that the only way to solve my problems were to kill the apps that were killing me — Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat. You know, the usual suspects. But I wasn't strong enough for that. I LIKE social media. I keep up with friends. I meet new folks. I find inspiration. I learn new things.
But intention is a GOOD thing.
I started by narrowing it down to one social media platform on my phone.
When I mindlessly grab my phone to procrastinate, I'm heading for one spot — social media. So it was time to say goodbye to some.
I miss my Snapchat filters but I'm guessing no one misses the 20,000 snaps I would post of my cats daily. Twitter is too depressing in 2017. And Facebook is right behind it (but I do love my business groups). Although, I still hop on the last two via the MacBook from time to time.
And what does that leave? Of course, I picked Instagram. That's where I get the most of what fills me up with social media — inspiration, friends, new friends. I love it.
But I love it so much, I still needed limits
I limited myself to following 200 folks on Instagram.
This forced me to get pretty intentional with who I was scrolling through every.single.day.
Why do I follow this person? Does it still make sense to follow this person at this point in my life? What's the worst that can happen? I miss them and follow them again? These questions made it pretty easy to slim down from 300 to 180.
Did you know you can mute people on Insta stories?
After that slim down, there was still one thing that was sucking my attention down a rabbit hole — Instagram stories. There are some folks I love following but I don't love the 50 stories they post daily.
I'll watch them just because they're there. And because I hate notifications and have this need for zero little rainbows.
And then one day I realized that I can hold down on their face and mute their story from showing up in my feed. Shocking concept (sarcasm) but you don't miss what I can't see.
Extensions are my new best friend.
I have to be in front of the computer A LOT and I'm happy to be because I love what I do. But I also love to procrastinate and distract myself, which isn't a good thing in my opinion (and probably anybody else's).
And that's where my extensions come in.
Go Fucking Work — This snarky lil guy keeps me off sites that I don't need to be on throughout the day but always mindlessly head to — Facebook, CNN, AirBnb.
News Feed Eradicator for Facebook — I think the name on this one explains it all. I keep Facebook for all of the great communities you can find on there but that newsfeed is just mindless scrolling.
Toby — Similar to notifications, when I get too many tabs open (which happens a lot), I start to go a little crazy and loose focus. Toby helps me stay sane.
Pocket — Just because I see it now, doesn't mean I need to read it now.
I'm guessing I'm not alone in this struggle. Am I? If you made it this point in the post, I'm definitely not.
I'm a firm believer that everyone needs to find what works for them. Every diet is not for every body. But fingers crossed my little list will inspire some ideas to help you break the screen addiction.
Any more tips + tricks for me?