Do you always have your phone with you? Check messages or apps often? Feeling stressed if you don't know where your phone is? Does your social media take more energy than it gives? Well then my friend, it might be time for you to do an "internet detox" to re-evaluate your habits and create some new positive ones.
Bad habits develop fast, but good habits are harder to keep sometimes. I notice that I look at my phone more than necessary, and at odd times and places. The worst is probably when I bring it with me to the loo, and find myself answering a work email :) I mean it is unthinkable to talk business on the can, but somehow over email it seems fine :O
And I'm probably not alone. Which makes it feel better in one way, and worse in another. The more highly responsive people out there in social media, the more everyone expects a quick answer.
We all need to collaborate on this. We need to stop expecting rapid answers, at all hours. We need to stop living our lives through our phones or internet. We need to start talking IRL.
A first step for me was to turn of notifications. Worked well for a while. Then I realised that I instead had developed a pattern of going in to different apps to see if something had happened. Equally as bad I'd say. I've read a study that shows that it gives a short mental boost, a sense of satisfaction or a reward if you like, to respond to a new social media action or notification. But it's a short term boost that takes away focus from more important tasks.
Here's what I'm wanting to achieve:
1. To see social media, emails etc as a way of communication.
2. To check in on work related apps only 2-3 times a day, between 8am-8pm on work days.
3. On the private side of things: unfollow all demotivating or negative accounts. Also just check in a couple of times a day for a few minutes.
So what do you think, what are your thoughts? Do you recognize yourself? Or are you already Queen/King at this? If so, give me your best tips please! :)
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