What I’ve Gained By Ignoring My iPhone All Morning

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Late last night I suddenly got fed up with my iPhone.

Or rather, I got fed up with my iPhone habits – it’s not the device’s fault!  I don’t consider myself to be all that social media-obsessed.  I just joined Facebook less than a month ago, and Instagram a few months before that.  But even in that short amount of time, I felt the incredibly strong draw of the social media world.  I’ll find myself scrolling endlessly, reading articles I’m not even that interested in and listening to podcasts I don’t care about just to have something to listen to.  I recently began implementing Minimalism in my life so I have more time on my hands than before, but what’s the use of freeing up extra time if I’m just going to waste it?  So before I could convince myself not to, I deleted the apps for Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and YouTube and unsubscribed from all of the podcasts I don’t care about.

This morning I’ve picked up my phone countless times already, only to put it back down when I remember that none of those apps are installed anymore.  Since I wasn’t just “killing time” on my iPhone, I found other ways to spend my time today.  Here’s what I’ve done so far:

  • Straightened the entire house
  • Read devotions with my husband
  • Put on a load of dishes and laundry
  • Bathed Little One
  • Exercised
  • Listened to a podcast I actually care about
  • Cooked breakfast for myself
  • Had a smiling competition with Elanor (my heart!!)
  • Started a book I’ve been meaning to read
  • Knitted a row on a lace scarf that I haven’t touched in months
  • Used my iPhone well (taking pictures of Elanor and texting family members)
  • Listened to an entire soundtrack, start to finish (on a physical CD no less!), from my long-neglected and once-beloved soundtrack collection
  • Written a blog post. 🙂

And it’s just past noon!

I honestly didn’t think that I was wasting that much time scrolling through media feed but I guess I have been.  I don’t have anything against Instagram or Facebook or Pinterest – goodness only knows how much enjoyment I’ve gotten from them!  They have their place, and they can really bring such joy if used properly.  It’s just that lately I have not been using them properly – I’ve been using them just to kill time.  Killing time before bed, while nursing, while rocking the baby back to sleep in the wee hours, while waiting for tea to brew, while in line at the grocery store…you get the idea.  I don’t want to kill time anymore.  I want to use it well.  Or at least try to. 🙂

This morning has been a great start to the experiment – I’ve gained a lot already.  I’m going to see how long I can go without putting the apps back on my iPhone – hopefully once I’ve broken my habit of mindless feed-scrolling and can genuinely, intentionally enjoy them once again!  Until then, I’ve got a big stack of books calling my name, my lace scarf only a quarter finished and a sweet little baby to take care of.

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6 thoughts on “What I’ve Gained By Ignoring My iPhone All Morning

  1. I’ve been thinking about and learning the same thing! I’ve even thought the same thing: I don’t want to kill time, I want to live intentionally and fully, doing the work the Lord wants me to do. Recently my dad called my attention to these verses: Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5:15-17. Great post. Let’s see how effective we can be;)

  2. I too have deleted these apps, minus pinterest which I don’t use, on my iphone and have found it quite liberating. I also have an app on my desktop which is really just an extension for Google Chrome which allows a certain time limit on websites that you choose and once you reach that time limit on that particular sight it blocks the site for the rest of the day. Thanks for your writing Victoria, I really enjoy it. Give my best to Galen.

  3. This is all so true! I deleted these apps and others a couple months ago after getting tired of all the extra “noise” and opinions and voices they were putting in my mind and life, and it’s amazing how much simpler everything seems when you’re not constantly wondering how other people would “rate” your actions or surroundings, or filling your mind with so many unnecessary words and opinions. It’s very liberating! I’m glad you and others are deciding to do the same. ❤

  4. I just wasted 15 minutes of my time composing, pecking out, and then somehow deleting a response to your message about wasting time. To summarize what I was working up to, may I suggest you spend more time sending pictures of my great-great niece to your great-uncle? And maybe even throw in a few of you and Galen?

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