Social media. Isn’t that a terrible distraction today? It’s a very powerful tool to connect with people, to really have conversations with our friends, family members, and even strangers from across the globe in real time, but it is a tremendous time sucker. This is also one of the greatest distractions we face today. Don’t we all have this feeling in our hearts or even hands that whenever we have a free five minutes with our time we tend to check our phone and check for status updates, right? It might be Facebook. It might be Twitter for anybody. For everybody it’s different, but in general we tend to check our phones and sort of the social networks very, very often.
If this is something you’re struggling with, just turn off notifications on your phone. Turn it off completely. Make your phone notification free, and believe me nothing will change, nothing will really happen if you limit your social media activities. Especially those activities when you’re just looking, and liking, and commenting, and sharing things that other people have created. Remember I’m not talking about doing social media activities or limiting social media activities when you’re doing something creatively.
For example, writing a blog post on Facebook, or inspiring idea on Twitter. No. If this is the path you have chosen to take, Facebook and Twitter, this is your business, and you are creating something. What I mean is the opposite, when you react. When you like, mindlessly scroll through other people’s profile feeds. You just mindlessly like the pictures mostly, sometimes videos. This is not creative activity. You’re not creating value at all surfing the social media, so I suggest we limit this Facebook, and Twitter, and other social media distractions. You will not believe how much time we will save during the day, really.
Believe me, people, you will not feel neglected when you do this. Actually you will feel the opposite. You will feel very calm when you limit social media activities, distractions, because we usually engage in social media when we have this fear of missing out, FOMO. Fear of missing out. Something is happening, what is very, very exciting, and I’m sitting here and missing it out. So I have to check my phone if it’s okay, if I’m on top of things, if my friends like me, things like that. Or, how my posts on Facebook are doing. Do they receive many likes, or shares, or comments? I check, right?
This is distraction because it doesn’t really create value at all. When you are creating and posting on social media this is different. You’re working on your business, on your blogging projects, and that might contribute to the success of your blogging activities, but when you’re just checking things, reacting to things in fear of missing out, this is a simple distraction. Simple distraction which we could easily eliminate if we choose to. It’s nothing really too sophisticated to turn off the notifications, and make our phone cleaner this way.