About two weeks ago I felt like my head was going to explode. Not because I had a headache, not because I was angry or confused, but simply because I was overwhelmed with social media. Like, super crazy overwhelmed with it.
It is HARD running an online shop and writing a blog. And before I even do those two things I need to be a wife and a mama first. I have my people to take care of, and I love taking care of my people. We learn together, laugh together, go on adventures together. I like waking up in the morning without an alarm clock (well, I take that back. My alarm clock has a really cute grin and claps when I pick him up from his crib). I like having a slow morning with my people before Zack heads off to work. But, so much of the work we do requires us to not only plan ahead but to be follow up so we remain in community with one another.
(all photos from a recent trip to our neighborhood Farmers’ Market)
For me personally, I find time in between naptime and playtime and mealtime to do my online work. Mostly it’s done while Maxwell is sleeping, but occasionally I’m able to work during the day when he’s awake.
But way too often I found myself feeling like I was going to burst — I didn’t feel present in the current moment — so I did what any smart creative/handmade/entrepreneur/mama would do…
…and I deleted Facebook and Twitter from my iPhone.
Yes, (probably) the top social media apps in the world, and I deleted ‘em!
And here are a few reasons why:
I refuse to have my life run by social media.
I refuse to feel like I have to “check in” all. day. long.
I refuse to feel like I’m going to burst from an overload of information, when really this “information” isn’t anything I’m going to store in my long term memory bank. And to take this one step further, as a newly appointed mama, my memory bank is very little and I just emotionally couldn’t take it anymore. Social media is AMAZING and is hands down a huge part of my space online, but there is a time and a place for work and I needed to feel like the Boss Lady again ;)
I’ve admitted it. I’ve typed it out and I’ve published it: I deleted social media from my iPhone.
Now that they’ve been deleted, here’s what my days look like:
- I’m sitting on my front porch during naptime
- I’m giving my son a bath
- I’m waking up in the morning and reading my Bible first
- I’m falling asleep at night with a tummy sore from laughing with my husband (instead of falling asleep with my iPhone nearby)
- I’m watching my son take his first assisted steps
- I’m LOOKING where I’m going when I walk
- My mind feels refreshed more often
- When I have a couple of minutes of downtime, instead of grabbing my phone I’m sitting quietly resting my mind.
I’ve been way more productive, I’ve been sleeping better, and I feel like I’m fully present with my people. And you know what else? I don’t feel like I’m missing anything.
Whatever so-called urgent status update I was clogging my mind with is still there, but I’m reading (or posting it) when it’s most convenient for me. When I want to pop over to Facebook or Twitter I do, but I rarely use my iPhone to do so (Sometimes I use the web for Twitter, but I’ve found it’s way less convenient this way which has helped me to stop the compulsive urge to click on that blue little square (I know you did this too).
My time spent on social media is now more intentional and quite honestly, way more fun.
Would you ever wholeheartedly consider deleting Facebook and Twitter from your phone?
Ask yourself if you really, really, really need it on there.
So, would you?
I dare you :)