I’m drawn to social media because it feels like it gives me inspiration to see what other people are doing. However, over the last several months I’ve discovered that it might actually be doing the opposite! This is what led me to a big decision: I choose to delete social media apps from my phone.
Now, this isn’t an easy decision in this day and age; I would tell myself that “I need it” because I’m a business owner and I needed to stay on top of our clients, our community, and all the things. But the thing about being a consumer of social media is that it makes us start questioning the way we do things, doubting ourselves and whether we’re doing “enough.”
I deleted social media from my phone and have been using my computer to check social media to minimize that dopamine hit and the endless scroll. Let me tell you…it’s been liberating!
And listen, I understand this isn’t fully possible for everyone. A lot of us need to manage social media for our jobs, but we have to check in with ourselves on how much we’re consuming it. You have to be careful with how much creativity you let in because it prevents you from focusing on your own creativity.
Tips to minimize your social media consumption:
- Use an app that tracks your social media time
- Use a scheduling app
- Use your desktop instead of your phone
Try it out for a few weeks for yourself and see how much mental space it opens up!