Take a social media break for a month. Go on, I dare you.
The beauty about modern life is that we have access to so much. This is brilliant when you’re ready for self-development and want to better yourself.
There is an abundance of seminars, webinars, groups, online courses, podcasts, blog posts and free e-books that will certainly get you on the right path, but is there such a thing as information overload?
I say yes. I say there comes a point where you are so overwhelmed that instead of taking action, you just stand still. You’ve consumed so much knowledge that eventually it becomes a procrastination tool, you fear failure so that you don’t try at all. Or perhaps you do try, you give it a go and maybe you’re even good at it, but something doesn’t feel right.
And if that isn’t enough, soon you are comparing yourself to others on the ‘gram, despite knowing better. You begin to feel the pressure to keep up with your perceived competitors, but part of you worries that you will never be good enough and eventually people will figure you out. Hello, Imposter Syndrome.
It all gets a bit loud. It becomes too much to take in and so we start shutting down and shutting it out.
This is why I’ve decided to take a break from social media.
Not just for a day, or a week, but for the whole of December I have chosen to be inaccessible and to hideaway from the world. Instead, I’m basking in the peaceful chaos that is my own world and enjoying this new-found focus I have in place of social media distractions.
I’ve been reading much more, writing third year uni assignments, replying to emails, reading more books and articles about writing, reading in general, journaling, having new ideas for books and generally enjoying living in the present.
I’ve had brand new ideas and inspiration that has been part of my natural thinking process, instead of as a response to something I’ve seen online. I can trust that these new ideas are my own and can trust myself to carry them out, instead of looking externally for some kind of permission. Yeah, I didn’t realise I still did that either but it took this break for me to figure it out.
The point is, I’m paying much more attention to myself because that is all I have access to right now. And it is the greatest gift I could have given to myself as I leave 2017 and enter 2018.
I’ve eased myself of the pressure to post, comment, respond, post and put out, and have instead chosen to pour my energy into things that feel less heavy. I’m an organised person but a true creative at heart. This means eventually schedules feel oppressive, I long to break out of routine and embrace a touch of spontaneity instead. This is exactly what I’ve been doing and I love it.
Do I miss social media?
Oh no, honey. No, I do not. I’ve had enough of it for 2017 and I’m not even tempted to sign into my Instagram, Facebook or Twitter profiles. I realise that not everybody uses it in the same way as I do, so it is easier for others to dismiss it. I usually depend on it for business and for my personal brand, it is online where I reign and conquer in the way that I know I can. But it is exhausting, mate, I’m so tired of it. It has actually been good to not have comments or messages to respond to. I love y’all, but I needed the thinking space.
So as my detox draws to an end, I want to ask you:
- Who are you in the absence of your distractions?
- If social media was removed from your phone, your tablet, your laptop and your life, what kind of person would you be?
- What would you think about instead?
- How would you spend your time?
Let me know in the comments below.