5 Things I’ve Accomplished in 2 Months after Deleting Facebook from my Phone
Day 125/365: You can do this too, it takes three taps!
Remember the article about changing the Facebook icon on the home screen of my phone with the Amazon Kindle app to stop using Facebook? I did it back then to somehow limit my Facebook time on my phone. It worked. For a while. And then, after some time, I started flipping through the screens and again reach the same damn icon.
It’s not that it didn’t work, but it was just not enough. So about two months ago, I deleted Facebook from my phone and logged off from Chrome. As simple as it sounds, I got rid of the app and then logged off from my laptop, and only go on Facebook when I need to post something on my page. Which is once per day in the afternoon.
What has happened in my life 2 months after leaving Facebook for 95% of it?
1. I grew a business
As you might know, I run my own writing services enterprise. That requires me to not only find clients and get them to stick with me, which is harder than it sounds but to also do the writing, editing, delivery of the final product, any changes the client might want, and also finances and accounting.
It’s a full-time job. Without Facebook, I managed to turn a simple gig into my main source of income, and I’m as independent as any digital nomad could be.
2. I lost interest in my phone
If you’re not spending time on Facebook, you’re not really spending too much time on your phone. Yes, I am still on Instagram a lot, but not as much now.
I reduced the number of people I follow from 3.000 to just over 250, which means scrolling down to see and Heart every new picture takes about 2 minutes. It takes another 2 minutes to look through the Stories, and a minute or so to post one myself.
So a total session taxes a maximum of 5 minutes. Times 3 or 4 sessions per day, that means that I’m literally spending less than 30 minutes total on my phone in one day. The numbers are relative, sure, but the point is, my phone is almost just a phone for me now.
3. I read 3 books, watched 8 movies and 4 TV shows
I read The Art of Living by Epictetus, The Road by Jack London and 1984 by George Orwell. I’ve seen Ready Player One on the big screen, and a couple of other movies at home and on Netflix. The 4 TV shows are Shark Tank, which by the way is amazing, iZombie, which is just crazy good, Blackish, which is just my kind of a comedy and The Royals, which is the best drama series about the Royal Family up to date.
Well, what does this have to do with your phone? The simple answer is, I really enjoyed all of those movies, books and series. When you have Facebook on the phone, the drive is to always grab it and see what’s what. If you don’t have this number one distractor, you’ll be more into whatever it is that you’re doing. I enjoyed every twists and turns in the movies, every scene in the TV series and every page of the books I read.
4. I lost 10 pounds
No Facebook on your phone has many health benefits. I’ve been a chubby dude my entire life. Without Facebook on my phone, I was able to take the bike for a ride at least 4 days a week, mostly in the afternoons.
I found myself just laying around the house and realising that I have just so much more time at my disposal. Of course, we’re talking about the same 24 hours in a day, but without a distractor that’s always there to set you down and screw with your time management, life is so much easier.
I know it’s not a huge progress, but its’ still better than 9 pounds!
5. I earned back my focus
One of the worst things Facebook does with your mind is having your focusing capabilities dimmed down to 5 or 10%. You can’t seem to understand what the people around you are saying, because you’re always looking down into your phone. And when you do look around, all you see are other people who do the same thing, scrolling down on Facebook.
I got my focus back in these past 2 months. Turns out, you don’t need meditation, yoga or other pills in order to get your focus in order. You just need to eliminate the cause of the distraction, which is clearly Facebook. I can talk to people now, and have actual, meaningful conversations with them.
That’s the best of the 5 benefits of not having Facebook on your phone.
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