Awhile back I wrote on how I know that I’m too distracted, and let’s call a spade a spade — addicted, to my iPhone and all that it entails. I have an iPhone addiction…silly, but sadly not uncommon. I love that I can instantly receive and reply to emails – this was crucial when we were building our house when we had to email our contractors or even something as important as a permit being emailed to us. I also love it for my blog life because I can stay connected and instantly answer emails that are important. As part of being a blogger, it’s also important to stay connected with my readers and fellow bloggers in social media. BUT, and that’s a big but, things were getting far too out of hand.
I feel guilty every time I flick through my Instagram feed in front of my kids. I can’t even keep up with Twitter anymore – I need to make lists of the people I love to follow so I can see what I need to see and don’t fret if I miss things. Facebook is easy for me because I only have about 60 friends on there for that reason.
Then, I took a step and I stopped getting push notifications. I started with Facebook, because quite frankly, it’s my least favorite social media site. Gone were the little red number notifications teasing me that there was exciting news and things I must see on Facebook. Then? I got even more brave and stopped my push notifications for Twitter and Instagram too.
You know what?
I feel so free and liberated. Do I know that at any one time I have 10+ Twitter mentions to look at? Yup. Do I feel the urge to see them all as they happen? NOPE. Out of sight, out of mind. It’s so simple and freeing and has seriously helped me curb my iPhone and social media addictions. Far too many times I’ve hit the button on my iPhone “just to see the time” and end up getting caught in all my notifications. This way? I don’t anymore.
So if I haven’t been tweeting you back or replying to comments on Instagram on Facebook as readily…rest assured I’m a more interactive mommy to my boys and getting more things done around the house.
I’ve also made a conscious effort to leave my phone in hearing distance only just for phone calls in the evening if I’m watching a show or movie with Jay. Now maybe leading by good example, my husband will follow suit. (Sometimes I think I shouldn’t have introduced him to Twitter!).
One of the fun things about not needing to see all those red notification numbers on my screen is using this fun app called CocoPPa. I first heard of it from my friend Candice so I’ll let you read her post on it that explains how to use it and what it is. But aren’t the icons all pretty? They automatically don’t allow you to get your notifications, which was a turn off in the beginning…but now it’s a blessing in disguise!
I know a some of you might not understand why I got rid of my notifications and why I had a harder time just trying to have will power to put down my phone, but I’m a very visual person, I always have been. Hence: out of sight, out of mind! It works for me!
Have you had to curb any “addictions” or distractions in your life? How did you do it? Did it help?