While making a Saturday morning fresh pot of coffee, I had this moment of clarity (sips coffee)
It helped me to appreciate the value of setting boundaries and limitations with activities that hinder my personal growth and peak performance abilities
Including and especially my social media activity (sips coffee).
I realized when I grabbed two of my phones for my morning run just two hours earlier, (one for music and one for wifi) just how problematic my addiction to social media had become.
After all, I’m only gone for 20- 30 minutes tops for my 2 mile run every morning. What is the big deal why I felt the need to bring along my 2nd phone with wifi, just incase I felt like posting a video, or checking to see if I had any new notifications?
My Inner Self told me there was nothing in that phone that was more important than working on my own dreams. There is nothing more exciting in that phone than the awesome projects I get to work on on my day off today. And that is exactly how I learned to see things today.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Dr Wayne Dyer
No longer will I check my phone, mindlessly scrolling through other peoples’ lives while neglecting my own. (sips coffee)
So back to this morning’s epiphany while making my coffee… I suddenly realized the root of my problem of lack of focus and inability to concentrate for longer than 5 minutes.
As a society, our minds are always way over stimulated with all the social media app push notifications features constantly screaming for our attention 24/7, no matter what time of day or night, rather at work or with family or even while sleeping in the middle of the night
Push Notifications, Be Gone!
The only logical solution to my problem was to turn OFF the push notification features, PERMANENTLY. And that is what I attempted to do (sips coffee) …
Until realizing there is no way to completely turn off push notifications.
Now I’m forced to either log out or remove my fb app entirely to avoid these “time stealing, concentration blocking” push notifications that just won’t seem to go away!.
FYI- logging out of fb does stop push notifications but you still get distracted with the regular notifications every time you view your home screen. So I took it a step further after logging out and removed the app from my home screen. Jeesh!
Considering the hundreds or even thousands in some cases of pages we follow on line, I realized today that one can never possibly keep up with every detail of everyone’s social media life (nor is it healthy to even try) and still be great. We have to select and chose 1.
We can either be informed of every little detail in everyone else’s social media life, or we may discipline ourselves to stop scrolling, unplug from the matrix, and Be Great. What a moment of clarity!
This epiphany got me to realizing just how much the world is truly becoming just like the 1999 hit film, The Matrix on so many levels. On one hand we are practically turning into vegetable-brain-like zombies in real life living vicariously through social media pics, while on the other fitting somewhere into the 3 categories of social media;
- (1) super stars,
- (2) those trying to become superstars, or
- (3) silent watchers.
I’ve therefore decided to stay off of social media on the weekends, unless working and to only use my social media platforms for growing my business.
Weekends will be devoted shabbat, bible study, catching up with work and connecting with family.
Unplugging from The Matrix
The over stimulation is more than I can handle any more. This lack of concentration has been going on for months now, while I literally black out for hours scrolling through dozens of social media posts that do nothing to serve me or move me any closer to my goals and vision. (sips coffee;)
Slow Down & Taste the Coffee
This is some really good coffee by the way. I never would have taken the time to notice had I been caught up in another 3 hour block-out on social media
Nor would I have gotten my blog post done for the week.
I enjoy sipping coffee and blogging Saturday mornings, even if just for the love of it; so from now on this is how I will spend my Saturday mornings — instead of scrolling through social media (sips coffee with satisfaction).
Thanks for reading 😉