This morning I realized just how much time I waste on social media. Many days I tell myself that I don’t have time to get my yoga done in the morning. Cos I feel like I’m always a hurry in the morning.
However this morning, the Internet was down. So I had no access to any social media. I got out of bed as soon as I was wide awake. I didn’t waste the first 10 minutes catching up on emails, Instagram, or twitter. I said my prayers. I sorted out fabric that I needed to take with me to my workshop. I did some cleaning. Then I was bored. And it wasn’t time to go to work yet. I kept wondering what happened. I didn’t wake up earlier. So why was I bored? Why did I have all this spare time?
Then it dawned on me. No social media! It really is a time waster. I’m not saying social media is wrong or bad, don’t get me wrong. But we are constantly connected. From the minute we wake up, until we go back to bed at night. Some even check up on social media if they happen to wake up at some point during the night. Why does social media control our lives so?
I think it’s very important for each of us to commit to disconnecting. Decide when you’ll disconnect everyday, and see how it affects your life. 30 mins a day? 1 hour a day? Just try it for a week and see what it does. I used to do it religiously for sometime. Usually from around 6:30 to 7:30pm, I would leave my phone upstairs, and go downstairs with a book. If it was too close to me, I’d be tempted to check on it. I definitely recommend a minimum of 30 minutes a day. Start with a weekly detox maybe, and then 2/3 days a week, then ease into a daily detox if you’re really attached.
Are you addicted to your phone? Are you going to try a daily [or at least weekly] detox?