Social Media Cleanse – Days 2 & 3

Three days are down, and things are getting a little bit easier.

Number of Attempts:

On Thursday I only tried to log into social media a total of eight times.  I credit that in part to having a very busy day and night.  During the course of today’s less busy day, I tried to log in a total of ten times.

Reasons for Attempts:

Unlike Wednesday, where I was trying to avoid my preparation for my inservice presentation, I was pretty much busy actually giving the presentation (which went rather well!).  My first attempt were in the morning, which is normally my ritual time to wake up and check what everyone else was up to while I was asleep.

Aside from that, during lunch at the inservice I nervously kept somewhat to my phone, and my attempts to log into Facebook obviously led me instead to making awkward small talk.

Thursday night I went out on a date to the movies, and since we got there early, I once again fell prey to immediately going to my phone.

Today was a bit different.  I decided on a whim that I’ll be heading to Gen Con once again, which is in a short five days, so instead of social media, I spent most of today on the website picking out my activities.

Productivity:

I think I’m starting to realize I can’t log in to my Facebook right now, so I’m making fewer attempts at wasting my time there.  Instead today I managed to finish writing a podcast episode, beat a video game, and finish one of the five books I’m concurrently reading at the moment.  The presentation itself went well, and I think the extra time I put into the presentation combined with getting a decent amount of sleep by keeping on task really helped out.

Conclusion:

I feel a little bit better about this not having constant access to social media.  That being said, there are still so many things I want to post and talk about.  It does make me wonder, though, why myself and others are so concerned with telling the rest of the world what we’re doing.  It’s as if we need others to know that we’re busy, that we’re accomplishing things, that we’re still alive.  Perhaps that’s what keeps us going back to our feeds, or maybe it’s just a really bad habit that our society just can’t break.

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Social Media Cleanse – Day 1

Well, I went a full day without losing my mind, and I am pretty floored by the number of times my addled brain tried to log into my deactivated Facebook account.

Number of Attempts:

Over the course of the entire day, I tried to log into Facebook/Twitter a total of 30 times.  Yes, that’s 3-0.

Reasons for Attempts:

Every time I attempted to waste some time on Facebook yesterday, I tried to pay attention to just what I was doing when it happened.  Since I still had a lot of work to do for the inservice I’m leading today, I spent from 9 am to about 11 pm working on putting the presentation together.  I noticed most of the attempts were when I got discouraged with the project.  My brain apparently is used to using Facebook or Twitter as a way to procrastinate and not do the difficult work that I needed to get done.

I also tried jumping into Facebook or Twitter whenever I had an interesting idea or wanted to share my progress on my lengthy process.  I actually felt rather discouraged when I couldn’t post something.  It’s like I had suddenly lost my voice.

There were a few other times that I attempted to get at my social media sites.  When I took a few mental breaks, my fingers tried loading the apps on my phone in order to waste a bit of time.

The most surprising thing of all was that of the 30 times, my brain opened a new tab and tried to load Facebook 5 times without me even realizing it.  It was like it tried to operate on auto-pilot, and I would be suddenly staring at the log-in screen wondering just how the hell I even got there.

Productivity:

Had I not disabled my Facebook, I’m not sure I would have managed to finish my work on this presentation by a decent time.  Thinking about the number of times I tried to get at my social media alone, I probably would have been up until at least 1 am working on this presentation.  Thank goodness I didn’t, or else this presentation today probably would have been more of a disaster.

Aside from the work that I needed to do, my brain began to move toward other projects.  I’m not sure if that was because I didn’t want to do 14 hours of work on the presentation or not, but I wanted to work on podcasting and even a few new project ideas.

Conclusion:

Well, day one is officially over, and I’m on to a very busy day.  I’ll be out at the R.O.E. until about 3 today, and then I have dinner plans tonight, so I’m thinking my number will drop significantly for today.

I did try to log into FB/Twitter twice already today, though.