How much time are you spending on social media every single day? Are you being intentional with your time? Or does time seem to slip through your fingers and before you know it’s time to start your daily routine all over again?
If you answer yes to any of these questions, it may be time for you to take a break from the countless hours you spend on social media and rediscover your purpose. Your dreams won’t chase themselves and it is very easy to get distracted.
You’ll either spend your life working towards your dreams, or helping someone else work towards theirs. That choice is made by how you utilize your time.
I will be the first to admit that social media was a huge part of my day to day life. I would spend hours online, watching the lives of friends and strangers alike unfold in front of my eyes. I spent more time than I would like to admit scrolling through my twitter feed, posting memes on my Facebook, and watching every meal my friends ate via their Instagram stories. One day, things changed for me. I was inspired and feeling extra courageous so I decided to launch my own website, something I hoped I could pour my heart into and impact others. I felt exhilarated, excited, and as if I could do anything I set my mind to. But like all things that require consistency, I began to find myself struggling to stay disciplined. I knew that if I wanted to build a legacy, I had to work for it.
I decided to stop making excuses and make any change necessary to accomplish my goals. It was time to re-prioritize.
Tips: You don’t put an exact time limit on this because not everyone’s journey is the same. What may work for you, may not work for someone else. You can start by listing out some short term goals that you would like to see yourself accomplish by the end of the month. As the month progresses, track how well you are meeting these deadlines and if you are following through. Next, set one fair but REALISTIC personal goal you have for yourself. This must be something that you are committed to making into a reality. Do not allow yourself back on social media until you have followed through with your short term goals and reached your personal goal.
You may even find that once you break yourself away from social media and see productivity improve that you don’t have the same desire to invest as much time as before scrolling through your timelines.
Below are 10 beneficial reasons why you should temporarily unplug from social media:
1. You may sleep better at night
With social media, it is easy to lose track of time and you may not even notice how much time you spend every day online. If you cut these down on these habits, you may find that you sleep better at night. You will have less distractions, less on your mind, and essentially allow yourself to get naturally tired when you aren’t exposing yourself to as much blue light from your device
2. You can be more focused during face to face interactions
Once you eliminate social media, you won’t have as much reason to constantly be checking your cell phone. With less notifications, you can be more alert during face to face conversations and spend more time engaging with loved ones. This can improve your relationships with others and improve your mood. So put your phone down and start being intentional!
3. You can spend more time doing other things you enjoy but didn’t have time for.
Pick up that book you have been meaning to read, go to the gym, or even just take an afternoon walk to get your blood flowing. The less time you spend on social media, the more you will free up time for the things you forgot you enjoy doing. This is your chance to discover a new talent, explore your passions, and experience life without living vicariously through your friends. Make the most of it! Life is too short.
4. You can cut down the negativity in your life
It is no secret that social media can bring unwanted stress and negativity into your life. If you temporarily cut yourself off of social media, you won’t have access to as many opinions, cyberbullying, and false information. This can take a weight off of your shoulders and allow you to focus on what’s truly important in your life. There are lots of people who hide behind a computer screen and are so unhappy they try to bring others down with them. If you are truly focused on yourself, eventually you will not give this any of your sacred energy.
5. You’ll stop comparing your life to others.
Most of us are guilty when it comes to comparing ourselves to others. This can even happen subconsciously, so you may not even realize it is happening to you. Instead of spending your time comparing yourself to “instagram models”, come up with a plan on how you can boost your own self confidence and stay committed to bettering yourself. Find positive ways to turn that subtle jealousy into motivation to improve your own well being in your spare time. You will thank yourself once you feel happy and healthy in your own skin.
6. You may find yourself spending less money
The internet age created a world where everything is easily accessible to you. How many times have you seen your friends buy something that peaked your interest and before you know it you are lost in the realm of online shopping? If you spend less time on social media, you may notice that don’t spend as much energy and money on unnecessary purchases. Advertising companies get paid to grab your attention and tempt you to spend money. Stay strong and save your hard earned money for more important things. Once you cut down on impulse buys, you will notice a shift in your personal finances.
7. You will have more time to focus on yourself
It is important to know that not everything you are seeing online is accurate. People rarely post their struggles, but are eager to boast their triumphs. This doesn’t mean that they aren’t facing the same struggles as you. Be patient with yourself and learn to spend more energy on your own well being. It is perfectly normal to have obstacles, what is important is how to overcome them.
8. Your mood can improve
Once you relinquish the desire to be on social media, you may notice huge improvements on your mood. You may find yourself feeling less stressed, anxious or depressed because you have more time to take care of your mental health. You won’t be searching for acceptance. You deserve to invest in self care and put yourself as your main priority. Taking a time out from the social media world may help you with this!
9. Fear of Missing Out aka FOMO
If you have ever found yourself slightly envious of all of the concerts and traveling your friends do, there’s a term for that! It’s called FOMO (aka fear of missing out) and it is a real thing. Rest assured taking a break from social media can allow you to find a sense of contentment, and all of those awesome pictures your best friend is posting won’t phase you! Out of sight, out of mind! Everyone has a different path and you don’t need to compare yours to anyone else’s. If you spend that time focusing on your goals, you will be travelling the world before you know it.
10. You will have more energy to change the world
It isn’t always easy to be the change you wish to see in the world. It takes time, dedication, and discipline. Start by cutting out the background noise and eliminate anything that doesn’t bring you one step closer to your dreams. This may be uncomfortable to change habits but it is possible. You may not be able to change the world alone, but if you take action and lead by example you can influence others to make positive changes also. These small changes add up and before you know it, you will see the impact you have made on a larger scale.
If you want to challenge yourself a step further, you can also take a break from anything else unproductive such as watching tv. Not only will you save money by cancelling subscriptions, but you’d be surprised by how many newfound hours in the day you actually have to redirect your focus. If I can do it, so can you!