You might know her…InstaFacebookGram.
I had become more focused on documenting my moments and their ‘postability’ than on being fully present and fully engaging with my people.
I was checking my feeds for ‘Likes’ and comments like a crack fiend looking for his next hit.
I’d find myself up way past my bedtime, mindlessly scrolling through the endless stream of posts that often left me feeling envious, enraged, or just altogether empty.
As part of my BBSGGS Diet last summer, I decided to take a thirty day break from both Facebook and Instagram. I made my weekly posts to promote the new Sunday Espresso Shoteach week, but that was it. No other posting or consumption allowed.
And having all that extra mental and emotional bandwidth felt so good, I extended it another month. And another.
After those ninety days away, I’ve managed to maintain pretty healthy boundaries with those two platforms and am far more focused on what’s happening in the here and now.
Very much in line with this year’s ‘Less, but better’ theme, Cal Newport’s new book, Digital Minimalism has been inspiring me to up the ante a little higher. He suggests that we reconsider and recalibrate our relationship with not only social media, but with all aspects of our digital life: texting, smartphone apps and all other forms of online media consumption.
Thousands of people have taken his own 30-Day Digital Declutter challenge and have reported some pretty phenomenal results. I’m now planning to do a full-on digital minimalist makeover myself in the near future.
I’ll leave you with these excellent questions from Cal’s book that might help minimize the toxicity of the tech in your life too:
1. Does this technology directly support something I deeply value?
2. Is this technology the best way to support this value?
3. How am I going to use this technology going forward to maximize its value and minimize its harms?
Make this week magnificent!