As many of you know, I tried something new this week. A new habit that I had a feeling could help the mental “funk” I had been in.
I decided to stay off social media from the time I woke up in the morning until the time I was done with my morning routine.
I would be sure to complete a workout, devotional time, breakfast, and computer work- all of which are mandatory disciplines I have each morning.
Before this week, I would wakeup and I would get on Instagram nearly right away either while I was brushing my teeth or right after my workout as I was making my coffee or breakfast.
And honestly?… It was crippling.
But let’s be real…
As refreshing as it has been, it has also sadly disappointed me to see how easy and “natural” it is for my hand to gravitate in the direction of my phone, pick it up and start scrolling, and how HARD it is to just say no in that moment.
Maybe, rather than viewing this as a disappointment, I should identify it as a wakeup call I have been needing.
I want to share a couple of lessons I have learned this week with you, but before I do that, I want you to know a couple of things:
- If you have been feeling like this might be something that you would benefit from, just try it. Even if it is just 3 days. Commit yourself to a disciplined morning routine before scrolling. See how it affects the rest of your day!
- This is going to be a new daily discipline for me from here on out and I would love for you to do it with me
Now for some lessons I have learned this week:
• Nothing is as urgent as we make it
• I do not NEED to see every story from those I am following. It does nothing for me in my own present life
• Comparison is excessive when I begin my day scrolling
• I cannot complete tasks to the best of my ability when I allow social media to be a distraction
• I get way more done in the morning, opening up the rest of my day, when I spend it without distraction
• I enjoy the present moments I am in more when I just put the dang phone down
• I have loved my time with my husband this week way more than I can remember for a while now because I have been less anxious and more aware of the moment’s we are in together
• I have laughed more than I have in a long time
• I have seen things around me this week that I would completely miss had I been on my phone
• I have been able to manage anxious feelings much better because I am not juggling what I additionally just saw on social media and I am more aware of Gods presence in those moments
• I am not taking other people’s problems on myself
• I have moved way closer to my future business goals this week then I have in the last 3 weeks because I have been able to work distraction free
Our life is a constant journey. We are constantly growing and realizing what needs to change in our lives.
This discipline for me, is not to “make me have a better life”. It is to keep my attention on what is most important, namely the purpose God has given me right here right now, without the meaningless distractions all around.