9 Days Off Social Media

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Things are getting much easier. Less reaching for my phone. Less thinking about likes. Less, less, less.
This has given me more freedom. More creativity. More connection with people in my life.

The greater the stress

Yesterday was the first day to cut out a lot of the distraction caused by my phone. No video. No podcasts and no Instagram. Those, I would say, are my three most used platforms and something I go to most for distraction. I’ve had this weird feeling though. Yesterday I noticed it a lot.

I would feel for my phone in my pocket or I would feel my brain trigger my hand to grab my phone. I was able to resist it, but it was there. I could feel it.

Strange and unexpected. I expected I would feel something but not as strong as it was. It’s like reaching for a pack of cigarettes after smoking for ten years. The addiction might be equally as strong, but little less physical. I’ve gone through it before. The withdrawal so far is easier with a cell phone than the other. But we’ll see how it is over time.

The difference is smoking can be cut out entirely, but the cell phone hangs around you. You have to have it for communication. At least that’s how I feel at this point.

The cell phone is necessary.

I might look back on this and say. Wow. You’re so silly. You don’t need a cell phone. But I do. In this moment right now, I do.

One strange thing I noticed. When I was working I was focused and it was fairly easy to not use the phone or search for some distraction. But something strange happened at the end of the day. I started to get rushed. I needed to get drawings out before leaving on vacation. I started to run over in time. I was behind schedule and started to get stressed.

I reached for my phone several times. Instantly. The search for a distraction from the stress was super real. And strong. It was strong.

I kept going for it even though it was a time when I needed even deeper focus. More laser attention to getting things done.

Instead I searched for distraction. Something to take me away from the pain of working hard. Gosh the pull to that phone is strong.

Expectations and Goals

Link to timestamp – 16:31

Goals are necessary to determine the direction in which we would like to go. But they are not the carrot that we need to continuously dangle in front of our faces to keep us going. In the episode above Amy Porterfield talks about James Clear’s book Atomic Habits.

What it takes to reach the goals we set are systems. Systems are the actions that we take on a daily basis to reach those goals we set. They use the example of sports. Watching the score board during the game does not win you championships. The practice, coordination with your team and the effort you put in before the games will take care of the score. Your systems will guide you towards your goal. Set up systems that will take you there, actions that will get you to where you want to be.

Take action and reach goals. Your expectations are those ideas that you’re not living up to some standard. You’re not who or where you want to be. Says who?

You need to start taking action to get to the place you want to be. Change your expectations. Stop comparing yourself to others. Focus on your system to reach your goals. Remember the journey to get there is what matters. Once you are there, it will be on to the next big goal. Enjoy the process.