In my endless quest to find balance between technology and sanity – without moving off-grid to start my own self-sustainable textile/veggie farm – I have begun to institute Sans Social Media Saturday. No instagram, no facebook, no websites, no email…
I’ve had a grand total of ONE of these Saturdays. Apparently I was firmly stuck in the procrastination station, because although I’ve had this idea for months, I just instituted it last weekend.
So how’d it go, you ask?
It was amazing.
And much easier than I thought it would be!
Although I think I had a lot of practice leading up to it, so it wasn’t the cold turkey experience I had a couple of months ago when I was admitted to the hospital for a debilitating technology-induced migraine.
Back then, it was a strange battle between needing to get work done and literally not being able to look at a screen because the glowing light and moving images would feel like knives in my brain. So I would be laying in bed and go to clutch my phone, or pull over the laptop to Netflix it up, and realize that I physically couldn’t.
I had to break my social media habits.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve been working away at figuring out how to keep working/paying bills without damaging my health. The reality meant that I had to dial back on extra social media time, related to my personal accounts and this beloved account, so that I could reserve my online time for my 9-5 paying job. So no getting up early before everyone else was awake to ensure more posts on the website, etc. were getting done, in writing and posting, no staying up late to write and work on projects, and no squeezing it in at work breaks instead of getting up and going for a walk outside.
I also have to say that I did not do without my phone completely – since we don’t have a landline I kept it on to be available for calls if I was out without the kids, because if something happens to my kids/friends/family I don’t want to be the last person to know. When I was with the kiddos, I would put it in another room with the sound off.
My takeaway from this first Sans Social Media Saturday?
No one cares if you answer your personal emails a couple days, or a week, late.
Quality over quantity is better. You don’t need to produce mind-blowing articles, posts, etc. twice a day.
You won’t lose a thousand followers if you aren’t on Instagram every day. In fact, you’ll find you remember why you enjoyed being on it in the first place, and leisurely check your favourite accounts instead of trying to squeeze in mad ‘liking’ sprees.
Boredom is good. You get creative. You get up. You go out and do things. I love it.
I love it so much I might just make it a whole weekend…