Every 5 minutes my phone pops up with some notification from a social media app. Sometimes it is Facebook telling me I have a like or a reply to one of my comments. Many times it is Instagram telling me I have a like or that people I follow have new stories. Or it is WordPress even, alerting me each time someone likes a post or follows me.
I have installed App Blocker on my phone. I just want to experiment with what it would be like and how my productivity would be affected if I blocked social media for a certain number of hours a day. I’ve decided to start by blocking Facebook, Instagram, and WordPress from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. I will still be able to blog on WordPress during the day by using a web browser to type my entries. I just won’t be getting notifications. Of course at the end of the day, when the app allows notifications to pop up, I’ll go through all my notifications and see what everybody is up to on their blogs and mine. But during the day I want quiet to create and clean.
It isn’t that I don’t care about this stuff, because I definitely do. With Facebook I like to keep up with people, and having moved across the country it’s a good tool to use to see what everyone’s doing. On Instagram I follow all sorts of artists, writers, and inspirational people and friends, and even people I’ve never met in person but I follow them and they follow me because we are interested in each other’s lives. I enjoy looking at people’s diaries. I have an art Instagram, a bookstagram account, and my regular one that’s a diary of my daily life. So obviously I like Instagram. I just feel that it gets distracting to always have these notifications and something to check on my phone from these apps. On WordPress I like to see my followers or likes so that I can check out everyone’s blogs. And I like to see who is enjoying my posts. But I will save that for mornings and evenings.
I just need to spend more undistracted time with my family. I want to spend more time reading, writing, and creating without dividing my attention. Maybe I’ll come out of this realizing that social media and all the likes or comments or stories don’t really distract me that much, or that I miss them. But maybe I will find that I have a cleaner and more organized mind and a better sense of focus. We’ll see.