I gave up my phone for 2 hours a day

Dun Dun Dun, such a dramatic title right? Anyways, I started to give my phone up for two hours every night and I wanted to share some of my thoughts on it and why I started. 

Ps. I still went on my computer and things, but I was trying not to text or go on social media.  I sometimes still went on BlogLovin or Pinterest but it was for enjoyment.  Which I rarely do since usually Im researching for the blog.

Why I started:

1. I was wasting time - Honestly, it is insane the amount of time I just spend scrolling on my phone, not only that but scrolling through things I'd already seen.  I was always refreshing my social media to see if there was anything new.  And most of the time I wasn't it was just a big waste of time, where I really got nothing out of it in the end.  

2. I was procrastinating - I wasn't getting the things done I needed to because I had the really bad habit of checking all my social media before trying to do any work, and I went down rabbit holes REAL fast. 

3. I was comparing - I mean come on you can't help but go on social media and say oh I don't have that, look like that or am doing cool enough things. It's a terrible game we play with ourselves making us feel inadequate, lonely and puts us in a negative place. ** let's just take time to realize that usually, social media is highlight reels and not even real life

Comparison is the thief of joy
— Theodore Roosevelt

 

4. I was feeling lonely - Most of my friends live out of town and I'd see them going out doing cool things while I sat at home, and I felt left out constantly.

5. I was looking for something my phone couldn't give me - I feel like I kept going on my phone waiting for people to text me, to reach out, to feel connected.  But there's only so little you can do to feel connected to your phone unless you're actively talking to someone.

What I've learned:

1. You're not going to come back to a thousand texts of people saying how much they care - Sometimes I felt like in giving up my phone the whole world would know and reach out, that's not the case.  Everyone goes about their day as usual.  It felt like a disappointment and sting at first but then I got used to it and stopped expecting it and I think that made me feel a lot happier. 

2. I learned how much I grab my phone out of habit - Guys its sorta gross, sometimes the 2 hours I was just counting down and others it went by quickly.  And I find myself grabbing my phone less everywhere I go.

3. I found better things to do with my time - This left a lot of time for me to go work out, or read a book.  I also enjoyed shows more because I wasn't scrolling through my phone at the same time. All these things I wanted to do I suddenly had time to.

4. I enjoy social media more - I feel like I have a better perspective on it.  I compare less and know that I'm not ingesting real life.  I also go on Pinterest for fun, not just to work.

5. I feel less overwhelmed - I guess its true what they say about your phone stimulating you, I feel like my mind runs less and there are fewer notifications constantly bombarding me. 

6. Im having more quality time - Henry has started dropping his phone more too, noticing how much he's on it when Im not.  And we spend more time together focused and feels like a deeper conection.  I also try to not look at my phone when Im with my friends and I can tell they look at their phone less too.

7. Better thoughts -  I feel like stepping away allowed me to really have "better" thoughts that were more conducive and helpful rather than getting stuck in a rut or on loop.

Overall:

I really like it, don't get me wrong at first it was a challenge, even hard and sad at first.  But I have found after two weeks, I'm more productive, focused and quite frankly happier. It's pretty crazy a phone can do all that. I'm excited, I sorta just made up this challenge for myself because I knew I had bad habits and I wanted to see what happened.  I'm hoping to continue to do this so much that it doesn't even feel like a challenge and becomes my new healthy habit. 

So what are your thoughts? Would you give your phone up for a few hours a dar? 

Social Media Detox

Have you ever took a second to think about how much time we spend on our phones and just scrolling our thumb through Instagram.  I know that the first thing I do in the morning is go through Instagram and Facebook seeing if I "missed" anything.  Did you know that if you spend 2 hours a day on social media that's a month out of the year, yikes! So I stumbled upon this Digital Detox from Yes Supple Co.  I wanted to share some of the steps and take-aways I had. 

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So the "detox" is suppose to last 5 days but it's something that I want to implement hopefully every day.

Day 1 - Clean up the space

  • Delete and unsubscribe from emails.  *Pro Tip there is a site called UnrollMe and it is a site that will show you all of the things you are subscribed to and let you unsubscribe with one click.  It is such a simple way to unsubscribe, clean up your email.  There were often times I was subscribed twice to something.  Another thing I have done is unsubscribe from all store and resubscribe if I feel I'm REALLY missing something (aka deals)
  • Unfollow any account that doesn't inspire you.  I have really enjoyed this so I'm not scrolling so much and enjoying more what I'm seeing on social media.

Day 2 - No consumption until noon

  • The whole point is to start your morning how you want and make time for other things.  It really does start your day off differently.  I have started to implement not going on social media for the first 2 hours of my day.  This way I can wake up in a better mood and not be bombarded as soon as my eyes open.

Day 3 - Leave one social media behind

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  • This one is a tough one, and you're suppose to pick one you use a lot. Remember this is just for the day not forever, but it seriously frees up so much time of your day.  It also makes you realize how much you grab for your phone too.

Day 4 - Only ever have 1 tab open

  • I liked this task a lot at the end of the day.  Sometimes its impossible to just have one if you need multiple for work or something.  But it really makes you focus on one task and then be done with it.  I found myself getting things done faster and moving from task to task quicker as well. I wasn't so distracted.

Day 5 - A media free day

This was touch and really hard to do in the winter with the cold.  So I did more of a half day and you have to prepare for a day like this.  I got ahead on chores, doing laundry, going grocery shopping and cooking from a cookbook not Pinterest.  I also bought a book ahead of time.  Its was nice, I'd love to take a half day every weekend just to get outdoors and force myself to do something else besides binge watching TV. 

So tell me are you willing to try out the digital detox? What are you thoughts?!

Try to live life a little less through your phone this week

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