When I’m all warm and fuzzy with goals and optimism at the
beginning of the year, I make a new Pinterest board with the things I’m planning to do. I recently revisited that board and realized that more than a quarter of 2017 has passed and I haven’t really completed any of the pinned items. So I took a little time and deleted several that seem to be less important and picked a few to start on. The one I had forgotten about but was most excited to try was the seven-day smartphone detox.
Last month, I actually deleted my social media apps from my phone for a couple weeks. It was freeing. I still checked Facebook and Instagram on my computer, but I didn’t feel the need to just check quickly each time I picked up my phone. Eventually, my initiative was sidelined when I took a cute photo of one of the kids and, in order to share it, I downloaded Instagram again. And then when I realized that not all of my closest family and friends use that channel, I also downloaded Facebook to share the photo there. I’ve kept the apps and have slowly crept back into the habit of checking both regularly.
So to renew the goal of not wasting time on my phone unnecessarily, I’m going to work my way through this simple detox and will check back in a week to report on my findings.
Step #1: Unfollow people who aren’t your real friends, unsubscribe from unwanted email lists, and delete apps you don’t use.
Admit it. You’re going to check to see if I unfriended you.