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I (kinda) quite Facebook and my life is already better — Day 60ish
July 9 I read and posted to my Facebook page a story from Read Write Web http://readwrite.com/2014/07/08/facebook-mood-emotion-quit-99-days. I make my living in part by using Facebook and a variety of other communication platforms to persuade and influence others to think or act a certain way. In my lucid moments I know that others are doing the same to me using the same strategies and tactics.
To be clear, I still work the inside of the table, dealing, knowing the house has the advantage. But on the other side of the table I folded my cards as best as I could and walked away.
A few immediate changes to help facilitate the transition. I turned off all Facebook notifications and moved the phone app to a deeper spot on my phone. I also added a screen saver which simply said “Be Present” (thank you Holstee) as a gentle reminder to stop spending so much time on my phone (and quit being an inconsiderate ass when I’m talking to someone) and simply pay attention to my surroundings.
I’m only a third of the way through and I can’t say I’ve completely quit but I can say I’ve reduced my intake to the bare minimum. The outcome however has been huge.
My productivity is through the roof. Rather than checking Facebook throughout the day or in the evening I use my time for work or play. And in most cases am able to separate the two.
Rather than reading status updates I’ve been reading books. Long form has been a breath of fresh air. For the longest time I felt I was loosing my edge. I probably was because I never dug deep into any topic like I used to. In the last 6o days I’ve read more than four business or communication books.
I’m healthier than I’ve been in a couple years, dropping almost fifteen pounds. Not sitting on the couch paging through social media accounts was part of the equation. Whenever I started to do this I instead went outside. Sometimes I would just sit and watch… things. Thank you global warming for the pleasant summer weather.
Time in the morning was spent exercising. Time in the evening was spent running or working. Time not on Facebook was spent not shoving food in my mouth.
Back to working in the evening. First of all, less to do because I got more done during the day and at night didn’t feel pressured to cram a lot into a little time because I wasn’t distracted by Facebook. Yes, I know my “tribe” likely missed me and is off wandering the desert somewhere without my pithy status updates. #please
A few other observations:
I don’t miss it and apparently the world doesn’t miss me, at least online.
My life does seem a bit better. I can’t attribute it all to the Facebook diet but can confirm it is part of it. The books I read also had an impact. Greg McKeown’s Essentialism was hugely impactful in this effort and a few other life changes I was making.
The idea that not being on Facebook can improve your mood is true, or at least it gives you time to witness the good things you have in life.
I haven’t quit completely. There are times I get on but I’m much more purposeful and don’t spend more than a couple minutes. If I catch myself scrolling I shut it down right away.
Reducing FB time has led to reducing other social platform time. Twitter and Google+ have both come to an almost standstill with just a few posts or responses here and there. No different that using text, each post has a very specific purpose.
Another 30 days to complete the 90 day challenge. I don’t need it, I’ve kicked the habit for sure.
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