2016: The year I regain spare minutes and have more fun

January 19, 2016 |  by  |  Live life fully

2016 themeThis year I’m simplifying my goals. Rather than a list of resolutions, I’m still going strong on my five-word theme for the year: LESS SOCIAL MEDIA. MORE SOCIALIZING.

Why less social media?

Instagram is my social media addiction of choice. (Sorry, not sorry, Facebook.) I noticed last fall how easily Instagram sucked me in for not mere minutes, but half-hours and even hours at a time. (I’m not alone. More than 75 million of us are on Instagram every day. I’ll venture they are checking it many, many times a day.) While there’s much good in social media and keeping in touch with friends and family, I want to take back time for me. Also, I’ll admit that although I knew better, I found myself comparing my life to the “shiny version” of others, and I didn’t like how I felt. So, I went on an Instagram fast for a whole week. I took the app off my phone, and fought off the phantom urges to pick up my phone in any spare minute. (Sound familiar?) I made it through a week, feeling like I was holding my breath. Finally, the final day ended and I downloaded the app again. I logged in, taking a big gulp of missed activity, only to find how much I hadn’t missed. Sure, a friend had a baby and there were several new posts from some of my favorites, but they were there waiting for me. I didn’t need to see every. new. post. as it came out. Then I did another full week off, and I was again surprised at how much I didn’t miss it. In fact, I felt quite liberated.

Why more socializing?

Social interaction feeds my soul.  I’ve been known to strike up conversations most everywhere I go. I’d much rather do that than have my eyes diverted to a phone in my hand. I need interactions face-to-face, merely for the joy of being with other people who can hold conversations beyond my nearly-two-year-old’s “no!” and “uh-oh.”

So far so good

So far this year I’ve made an effort to invite people over to our house, throw myself a 30th birthday party, and plan weekly dates with my husband. Not only do those interactions bring me joy, but looking forward to them makes the rest of the week brighter. To me, it’s a much better use of my spare minutes. I’m not off social media (and don’t intend to be), but I’m more aware of the time I spend observing others’ experiences, and time I’m living in real life.

How’s the year going so far for you?

 


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