Sunday, September 4, 2016

30 Days Without Social media: How it Went

Prompted by the book Deep Work by Cal Newport, I took 30 days off of social media in July 2016.

I didn’t go on Twitter, no Facebook, no YouTube (other than workouts), no GoodReads, no seanwes Community.

I only used social media as a tool. For example, Pinterest I use it to save all of my links for easy reference later. I use GoodReads to keep track of the books I’m reading.

The seanwes Community, Twitter, and Facebook, that’s strictly for my growth personally and for my business.

I wanted to go over how it went.

Day 1 felt really strange. I didn’t really know what to do with myself. I replaced the time I would spend on social media with focused work time. I worked until my brain couldn’t anymore and I did the dishes for a break.

I was also researching a lot more. If I didn’t want to get work done, I would research something that was on my mind or a problem that I had to fill the void of social media.

I felt lost. Being in a community, you see what others are doing and you share with them what you’re working it. It helps keep you on track.

Before publicly reflecting on the experience, I wanted to give it a week so I could readjust to social media again.

One of the questions in Deep Work to reflect on the experience was “After these 30 days, do you think that you life would have been better if you had these tools in your life?”

I realized that I did. Once I was back on social media and in the seanwes Community, I noticed that I was smiling more. I was learning faster and growing more in my business faster than if I was by myself. I feel more fired up to do things.

I didn’t realize how much I depended on community to keep me going.

The second question that Deep Work asked was “Did anyone miss you on these tools?”

I wasn’t told that I was missed. That’s okay. I rebranded at the beginning of this year and haven’t been around in the seanwes Community that long.

If you do this experiment yourself, don’t worry if you’re not missed. This is how the world works. We get all excited about this new vlogger or new TV show and we’re so sad when it’s gone. But, then we just replace it with the next one.

It’s okay. You’re okay. I’m okay.

I’m really glad that I’m back on social media. I’m kicking out a ton of content this month. I’m glad I’m able to share it with everyone!

Have you ever taken time off of social media? How did it go?

What are you afraid of in taking time off? What’s holding you back from it?

I was afraid that my follower numbers would decrease. They didn’t.