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
- 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.