This sounds a little bit silly but it is so true; Track your time!
What do you spend your time doing? Do you know?
I dare you to try being mindful of how you are spending your time. Try it for a day or two. I have been doing it and it has been super helpful! I found out how much time I spend in front of my computer and on my phone; too much! I don’t get anything rewarding out of going and checking Instagram or refreshing Facebook. Once to twice a day on social media is more than enough!
How am I staying off social media? Honestly, I am not. It is super hard for me to open my phone and not automatically go to Facebook or Instagram once I have responded to the txt or answered the Facebook message. Our phones are very distracting, especially for us ADHD minds!
My solutions that I have implemented and will try to implement:
- Schedule time for social media (use your daily planner to stay on track). Maybe checking social media can be your “dopamine hit”, or your reward after doing a not-so-fun task. Are you just checking social media because you are bored? I do this and have grown to realize that I need to let myself be bored; how else am I going to come up with fun ideas or “smell the roses”. Check out the look up video.
- Delete notifications for Instagram and Facebook. This was hard for me to do at first. I thought that someone might need to contact me or that I would miss something. FOMO. Guess what?! I haven’t missed anything and I am better for it. I do not need the extract distractions of Facebook and Instagram notifications. Also, if someone needs to contact me they can do so on Facebook messenger AND call or txt. I have also come to realize that I do not need to be available to everyone whenever they need.
Funny side note: Sometimes I’ll post something on Instagram and forget. When I happen to open Instagram again and see the notifications, my first thought is “someone has been stalking me! Why do I have so many notifications all of a sudden!” Then I realize that nobody is stalking me, I was actually getting some love for a picture I had posted. Oops lol.
- I will change the position of where my Instagram and Facebook apps are on my phone. This way if I am automatically going to social media apps when I am not noticing, then I won’t actually click on them because they wont be there! I once created a new page on my phone at the back so I would have to swipe several times before I could reach them. Just this teeny tiny thing annoyed me and prevented me from checking!
- I avoid looking at my phone when I first wake up in the morning. Check out my blog post “Habits” to learn how I do it!
Let me know what time traps you fall into! Maybe I do the same things without even realizing!
Originally published on 04/02/2018