Over the last year I’ve gotten sucked into Reddit but lately it’s given me the same negative vibes as using the Twitter app and following threads. I’ve been using Apollo (a great third party app) but have deleted it from my devices to help give me some headspace back. Following Apple subreddits is mostly where I spend my time but even the most innocent question results in corrections on grammar or sarcasm. It’s the same for me as following a thread or replying to someone popular on Twitter, something I stopped doing. So, to help my mental health I’ve stopped using it.
I’m not saying you need to stop using it necessarily just as someone that gets caught up in people’s feelings and more sensitive to this I’m out.
After listening to another tech podcast this morning (something I’m trying to do less of these days) it struck me that my tendency to nitpick and find faults isn’t being helped by their consumption. We live in an age with some amazing technology around us but some people (including me sometimes) are never happy with anything and always see faults in things. Seeing the glass half full is a problem I’ve wrestled with for as long as I can remember but I’m doing my best to turn that around.
I don’t know what that looks like just yet, but I do know that my first few steps are going to be something like (I’m writing this as I think of them…)
- Spend a lot less time on Twitter (again!)
- Significantly reduce my time listening to podcasts, especially the more nitpick ones 🙂
- Pick up journaling again, especially around noting a few positives that have happened that day
Going forward you’re probably going to see a few more posts like this and less on iOS 13 testing (I’m now totally back to iOS 12), I hope this is ok with everyone.
I wrote this post about how I’m trying to be more intentional using social media. Well after trying it I’m changing it up and deleting them completely. Twitter gives me very little in return for the negativity that I’m seeing. It’s become a habit to check what’s going on but I share very little these days. I won’t be deleting my account but will occasionally be checking in for my DM’s and won’t be replying to @mentions very quickly at all (sorry). These checks will be done in Safari on the Mac.
If you want to contact me about podcasting or anything really then you can use my contact page here and I’ll get back to you. I’m also thinking of a slack room which might be a good way to stay in touch if I don’t have you on iMessage already.
I’m also moving over to Micro.blog where you’ll find me here. If you want to support a great project then please consider doing the same.
I hope I’m getting across my feelings on this but I’ve got a lot going on and trying to stay positive and also create content is getting harder for me these days. I don’t want to disappear completely but need to take steps to move in the right direction.
If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know I have a full time job and blog/freelance write on the side. It wasn’t until recently I sat down and thought about ways to relax a bit more and spending all that time in front of a device wasn’t doing me any good at all. What I’d let go of is my love of music and playing guitar, I’d replaced it with checking social, writing about tech and listening to podcasts. I effectively didn’t have a hobby anymore, I work in tech and wrote about in my spare time (all the time).
This was a good change at the time, I did a lot of YouTube videos on music and felt burnt out by it but I feel like I need to get the guitar gear back out and get back into playing to help me spend less time on my devices and more time being creative.
Spending this time getting back into music, both playing and recording is helping me disconnect from tech a bit and along with it my iPhone. It’s helped take my mind off things when I’m playing and especially when I’m learning something new. It’s a form of relaxation that I had completely forgotten about!
I expect I’ll be using the Mac a lot more soon when I sit down and start to record some songs again but the only technology I’m using is my iPad and tablature apps to learn songs.
If you’re feeling like you’re running then sit down and write down what you like to do to relax – and then schedule it into your day.
I’m constantly trying to get better at managing my social media time and I thought the best first step (this time!) was to move everything social to my iPad. I use the iPad more intentionally so I’m going to manage social along with my blog in a folder of it’s own. On the iPad I have a blog folder with all of my Blog stuff, it’ll live in there.
If you’re trying to cut back on your social media a bit then I’d recommend moving it off your smartphone and onto a laptop or tablet so that it’s less of a temptation and more intentional.
Since restoring my iPhone a few weeks ago I’ve fallen back into the trap of the modern smartphone. What I mean by this is having all of the apps I can available to me to use and getting caught up in these Infinity wells, such as YouTube and Social networking. Neither of which are particularly great for my wellbeing these days.
It hit me this morning whilst browsing Reddit, why am I mindlessly doing this?.
I want to be more intentional with how I’m using my technology and allow myself to be bored. Enjoy a walk without a podcast in my ears sometimes or just enjoy the warm sunshine on my face in the garden with no desire to see what’s happening on Twitter.
It also hit me that I’ve written about this before on the blog, many times actually. I’ve written about helping to reduce the time you spend on your phone and also steps I’ve made, such as only checking Twitter once a week but I’ve forgotten to listen to former me!
This post is a reminder that when I fall into bad habits to step back and think about how I want to use my technology and interact with the world around me.
So this week I’ll be back to
- Removing all social networking apps from my iphone
- Checking Twitter weekly for notifications
- Sharing smaller posts more, I’ve noticed good feedback from readers of my stuff lately. This in part because my default is to share here rather than on social media
- Reducing my podcast consumption (I’m listening to over 20 shows a week!)
- Leaving YouTube (again)
- Deleting Reddit apps (again)
- Doing my best to stick with one to do app and keeping it simple
And remembering to read some of my earlier stuff
I’ve made a slight tweak to my morning routine that seems to be having an overall positive effect on my day. I’ve been journaling for a while but only in the evening. After listening to an episode of The Automators on the subject I added a new Reminder that simply asks me to write down something I’m grateful for each morning at 7:30am.
Instead of picking up my iPhone and digesting news of social media I think of something that I’m happy about of grateful for in my life. I get on with day afterwards but starting off with something positive is a nice way to kick things off.