It’s been awhile.
Some of you may know that I went through social media break and (obviously) from blogging, too. You can check my recent post here to know why I took a break.
I kept myself busy away from my phone and computer for a while. I do check my blog and re-install some of my social media apps every Friday and weekend, and give myself an hour to catch up on what’s happening around me. But that’s it. I’ve spent a good chunk of my life on the internet and months ago, I’ve decided that I need to disconnect.
I distant myself from distractions and kept myself focused on more important and sensible things, like getting myself back into the habit of waking up at 4 am, do my devotions, go for a workout, finish household chores as early as I can, read a book, and study.
I’ve learned so many things from this challenge and developed new routine habits. I’m glad to give myself a favor to do this, and I’d like to share with you some of the things I’ve learned, and what new habits have formed from this break.
1. Maximize my idle time and be productive.
Prior to this social media break, I’ll be honest that scrolling on my phone for hours has been my after-work routine. Scrolling on my Facebook and Instagram feed, reading a few ungodly articles and watching videos on youtube even on my mealtime has been an alarming and unfruitful habit of mine. It is my system that when I feel tired and just want to relax my body, I will sit or lie on my bed and check my phone until I lost myself in the digital world, and forget that time is running. Then go to my bed, wake up, go to work and the process starts all over again.
During the first week of disconnection, I realized that instead of scrolling on my phone, there are more sensible and helpful things I can do.
Our daily routine or lifestyle plays a big part in our health — physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually. Routines and habits have something to do with our current condition, they produce both good and bad outcome, but the choice is in your hand. That’s why whenever I’m not in a good state, I learned to examine myself by asking questions like, what did I do earlier? What was my first thought when I woke up? What was the first thing I did in the morning?.
I’ve learned that unhealthy routines hinder you from becoming the best version of yourself. Every day it’s good to strive to become better than you were yesterday.
I’m so glad that unplugging from social media helped me quit my bad habit and start to become more productive. The time I waste spending on my phone after my 11-12 hour shift is now the time I spend to make my bed while waiting for my food to cook, wash dishes, do a quick workout, and do my devotions before going to sleep. I never thought it was possible, but it is for months now. Yay!
2. Enrich my time of devotion
As a Christian, I am to enrich my devotion time, the time I spend with God, studying his word, talking to him and learning him. But I came to a point where I find more pleasure in social media than spending time with God. I compromised my relationship with Jesus so I could connect to the world. In result, I was distracted, anxious, and devastated.
Through this break, I was reminded to pay attention to what we are putting in our mind. Our brain is as important as feeding our body. J. G Holland said, “The mind grows by what it feeds on.” It is essential to feed our mind with what helps it grow and most importantly as a Christian, is what helps our relationship with Jesus grow.
I’m glad that this break helps me develop a new daily devotional habit, a heart that longs an intimate time with God. I’ve learned to feed my mind not with television and social media, but with knowledge and wisdom.
I have 45 minutes to 1 hr before I go to bed that is now scheduled for my devotion. Hooray!
3. Break the procrastination habit.
I’m a huge procrastinator. I fear not being able to produce something right or perfect that will invoke criticism or ridicule from my internal harshest critic and other people. Therefore, when I feel unable to complete a task perfectly the way I want it to be, I’ll put it off as long as possible.
Somehow, when I focused on productivity, I’ve learned how to stop delaying the start of the process, and just do it. My focus has shifted from completing my task perfectly to start doing what I can for the sake of the time that I value. It eliminates the voice of perfectionist inside my head. I can just go back and polish it when I finally feel capable.
I’m still working on escaping this procrastination loop completely, I’ve realized that it’s better to do something than to do nothing while waiting, than to stare at your phone, and waste time.
These verses have been my great reminders;
“Don’t put it off, do it now! Don’t rest until you do.” – Proverbs 6:4
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13
Today, I am more disciplined in using social media. I only engage in meaningful conversations in Messenger, schedule a time to check my social media sites, read articles and watch videos on youtube that have a positive influence on my thinking.
I did not take a break from social media and live the same way. It’s all about making wise choices and decisions in our lives, improving our daily routine and mindset are small steps on pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
In Proverbs 3:21-23 said,
“My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.”