With the exception of Instagram, I have pretty much quit social media and instant messaging tools. In the last week, I took the decision to come off Facebook and WhatsApp because I felt they were drains on my time, energy and creativity.
We live in an age of greater access and connectivity. And for the most part that is not a bad thing. But isn’t it something when that connectivity and access cause us to be more connected to others and disconnected with ourselves?
At the start of the year, I spent a lot of time thinking about the work I wanted to put out in the world and what it would take of me. As someone who believes that the work all of us give is part of our gift to humanity, I am ever mindful of my energy, mood, and intention whilst creating my work. What I have discovered is that much of my waking moments were spent reacting and not necessarily creating or honing my craft. I was responding to messages as they came in, distracted by alerts and notifications from every Facebook tag.
As a highly sensitive person, I have found that this has been a drain on me, physically, creatively, mentally, emotionally. So, like a smoker determined to quit at the strike of the new year, I went cold turkey. I deactivated my Facebook profile and removed WhatsApp from my phone. I even took it a step further and unsubscribed from over twenty mailing list. My energy, creativity, and well-being have been thanking me for it.
Here’s the thing – you have to mind your energy and mind your time. As someone whose work involves interfacing with people on a daily basis, it is important that I am mindful of the drains on my energy and time and how it impacts my work and the way I show up. Whilst responding to every message as they came in made me seem kind, it was killing my creative flow and encroaching on the time I had for myself and personal projects and development.
You get to decide where your time goes. You can either spend it moving forward, or you can spend it putting out fires. You decide. And if you don’t decide, others will decide for you
— Tony Morgan
How are you managing the constant demands on your time and attention from social media?