Antisocial

We will start at the beginning.

The first thing I do at the start of every day, before saying good morning to Ivy or getting out of bed, is check my phone. I spend a good 10 - 15 minutes just laying there scrolling through the various Social Media apps.

Scrolling. Scrolling. Scrolling.

Until finally I am hauled out of my zombie like stupor and into the day in a rush because I didn't get out of bed when I should have.

Now I know that my will power is at an all time low. I don't have the strength to resist the allure of the social media apps. So I will put a strong administrative control in place. I will delete these apps from my phone. I will maintain all of my accounts but to do this I will have to consciously get to a computer.

Tonight. Right now. As of Thursday the 4th of March. I no longer have Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn or Yik Yak on my phone. I have kept the following apps:

  • Facebook Pages. This is an important tool for business. I like to respond to our fans and clients quickly; if they want to chat to us via our Facebook page then I don't want to make them wait.
  • Instagram. The basic nature of Instagram is on the phone. You can't even post from their website. I have removed my shortcut to this app to hopefully deter from any unconscious scrolling.
  • SnapChat. I have turned off notifications for SnapChat but again it is a phone based app.

I have also put a caveat in place. If my life isn't improved or streamlined in any way after a two week trial then I will download them apps straight back on.

I feel scared. I feel relieved. And if i'm being completely honest I feel a little left out. Most of all I feel relieved. This is the first step in streamlining my life and I have a good feeling about it.