I’m in the midst of a long-term experiment.
Months ago, I was grappling with my relationship with social media. I think I was fearful of all the examples I’d seen before - coaches who grew their media game and became glued to their phones. Constantly posting, replying, messaging…and inevitably burning out.
No judgement here. In fact, I had already fallen to that burnout in my first business via overload, and I just wasn’t willing to dance with it again.
In the past, my anxiety and depressive symptoms correlated with high social media use. I asked myself if it was possible to be present on social media, to bring positive influence to my people, without allowing it to consume my life or affect my health.
I wasn’t sure. I just started asking what I would need to do to make that happen.
As the demands on my time increase, and I attempt to maintain priority on the ESSENTIALS (relationships, health, clients), I thought it would share this experiment with you. There is a TON of good to be found in social media and my newsfeed is proof of that. I can only hope that this post contributes to it,
1. Turn off all device notifications
We don’t need to know every time a post gets a like or junk mail hits our inbox.
2. Use “Do Not Disturb”
During work, meetings & training. Tame yo monkey brain.
3. Get your phone out of the bedroom
At MINIMUM get it off the nightstand and across the room.
4. Set usage & time goals
Realzd or Screen Time can be programmed to notify you or even block you out of certain times or app limits.
5. Take one day off each week
I have to delete IG app from my phone on these days, because I’m so wired to hop to it - but this practice is probably the most effective for me.
I invite you to join me in setting boundaries for your precious attention, contribution and energy.