Guest post by Zakiyya Cassimjee
A few weeks ago, a post appeared on my FB timeline from a friend about being productive without the app. So I decided to put this theory to the to the test and see whether it was true. With information coming at you in every direction ALL the time, I was start to feel a bit bombarded and overwhelmed and decided some spring cleaning was in order.
I used all my free time to ‘catch up’ and was constantly checking what was happening and when the notifications appeared , an OCD part of me needed to get rid of it and who’s birthday I have missed. Idleness was uncomfortable.
It has been 20 days since my last post and my last log on on 28 Jan 2016. ( feels like a rehab confession) I did the obligatory polite birthday thank you.
I have learned a number of things :
- I am definitely more productive and managed to complete the book list next to my bedside- this proves the theory
- I do not constantly check and log on – which was my addiction
- My battery life on my smartphone is 50% better since I have deleted the app. Again, the theory works
- My data lasts longer #winning
- I have used twitter more effectively for work and LinkedIn
- However I have noticed that LinkedIn is starting to turn into a Facebook as well.
- The content on social media sites are different by different brands and I do miss the event happenings on Facebook especially when it comes to my children and family outings.
- Some of my apps use Facebook to log in so I re-logged in. I have now deactivated my account.
- I do not miss the mindless updates from people that feel they constantly need to update their posts and need validation by a number of likes and comments
- The people that matter to me are still in contact with me and this for me was the biggest win
- There are still many ways to contact me
- y work and social life and safety have not evaporated. In fact the opposite has happened.
- I like not being accessible. It is liberating
Someone asked me how will I survive? I have and it feels great.
I am less distracted and less accessible; two things I took for granted and did not realize how important this was to me rather than instantly knowing everything happening. I choose when to be bothered. I have reached a point where I have decided to dedicate my time to me. All of me.
Phones have become personal assistants and I rely on mine a lot. For phone numbers and meeting reminders. I sleep with my phone by my side and it is the alarm that wakes me up. Never turned off. .
My next point of call would be to start cutting out or decreasing all the channels ( Instagram as well as twitter ) but then that wouldn’t be clever in my line of work. Being part of a digital team, and having a keen interest in technology and what is going on, it is important to know. However when will be key as I am now in control of the choice. I do not need a notification to know that I exist.
With all that being said, I am not against Facebook. It has connected me with a lot of people and friends. I might occasionally log at some point later this year but right now it’s nowhere near the top of my list or important to me. Anymore.