One of my February PowerSheets goals was to take a step back from social media for an entire weekend. Like so many, I feel like I spend so much time just mindlessly scrolling through social sites on a day-to-day basis, more out of habit than anything else, and I could be spending that time much more productively. A lot of my 2017 has been focused on doing the things that make Paulina happy, one of which is trying to be present every moment I can. The weekend I spent completely off of social media was extremely refreshing and well worth it; I would really recommend giving it a shot! Here’s what I learned from the experience:
– You don’t need it.
I think the biggest fear when it comes to not checking social accounts is, “what will I miss?”. No one wants to feel left behind, so we constantly refresh and refresh to make sure we completely up to date with everything going on. Though here’s the thing, if something hugely important happens to someone you care about, know that they will call/text you personally to let you know. Anything else will be there to look at on Monday. It actually felt really good not to know what was going on! It allowed me to focus purely on the things that mattered; I didn’t have to fret about the most recent party or online drama.
– I mindlessly check way too often
Sometimes I would be sitting with a friend or eating a meal or taking a study break and before I knew it my phone was in my hand and Facebook was up. I always shut it down seconds after I opened it up, remembering exactly what I was doing, but it was interesting to see just how often I reached for my phone without even considering what I was doing. The takeaway? Be intentional with your social media. Go ahead and check your feed, but really understand what you are doing in that moment.
– You won’t want to go back.
I actually didn’t want it to be Monday, because I didn’t want the social media free time to be over. It was so refreshing to have that excuse to not be updating accounts and keeping up with everyone. I loved the break so much that I know I will do it every couple of weeks.
Have you ever tried a social media free weekend?