The day I removed Facebook from my phone!


Remove Facebook

For several years, I had this goal to build a small javascript library / plugin and open source it in Git so that people around the world can use it, but till date, I have never been able to do it.

“I always had this craze, that I build a product, which people around the world would use it. When someone talks about it, I want my dad to proudly say ‘Ya, my son built it’ ”.

I have had other goals, like, staying healthy by cycling or exercising, eating healthy, starting a blog, make a difference in someone’s life, writing better code, and the list goes on and on.

Day in day out, I go to work, come back home, watch some TV, do some scrolling over Facebook and then sleep and then repeat. One fine day, I started thinking, if I could change one aspect of my routine life to be more productive what should I do?

I uninstalled Facebook from my phone!

I installed ‘Medium’, so that I can read some articles that interest me, rather than ‘who is doing what’.

After altering my routine a bit, I actually started realising there is plenty of time for other things. I started coming up with topics to blog and I am also proud to say ‘This is my first post in Medium.’ I started spending more time with my siblings and my loved ones. I started thinking again on the tool / utility / plugin that I wanted to build; I started cycling ; I began using using stairs when ever possible.

It seemed like, me removing facebook from my phone is like a keystone habit change, which has helped me change other aspects in my life. Like Charles Duhigg says in the book ‘The power of Habit’:

“Typically, people who exercise, start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.”

For me it was uninstalling facebook, It might not be the same for you. Identifying keystone habits and altering them was instrumental in me being a little bit more productive than I was before.