You know those people on your Instagram or *insert other social media here* feed who seem to have time for IT ALL? They go outside, they exercise, they read/write/tarot, have a day job, AND have kids, AND a ton of followers? Yeah, I’m totally NOT one of those people.
Instagram is mostly a wormhole for me. I end up places I don’t need to be, probably buying something I don’t really need.
Don’t get me wrong – I love Instagram (probably too much). I love the tarot community that I’ve found on Instagram. I love interacting with new friends, and I continue to learn, each day, from every one that I follow.
I read somewhere that we should do one thing every day to work toward our highest vision/version of ourself. And I’ve been pushed toward making some personal changes. So, it has come to a point where I need to start cutting back. I scroll and post on Instagram so much that it has cut in to time that I want to use for reading, practicing tarot/ukulele, writing, exercising, other personal study, etc.
There is no way that I want to completely stop using Instagram, and I definitely don’t want to delete my account, however, I need to be more responsible with my usage. I don’t have a personal business, Instagram isn’t helping my income, it’s only hurting my outside-of-social-media pursuits.
My goals include:
- Scrolling only on the bus before work and when I get home after work (after work will be when I can actually catch up on my feed). The main goal here is to stop scrolling immediately in the morning, just before bed, and at work.
- Post more regularly on the blog/YouTube channel, which will be accompanied by an Instagram post, and which will hopefully take the place of posting so often on Instagram (because I will be creating more careful/better content).
This isn’t a vendetta against Instagram. It’s just me needing to learn to use my time more wisely. And hopefully posting this here will help keep me in line. I plan to start this change in June, when I’m back from my trip.
How well – or not well – do you interact with social media? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!