I think I have been building toward it since the beginning of the year. I started by refusing to post or discuss anything political on social media. I also really began looking at my screentime usage and seeing how many times I picked up my devices and how much I was using certain apps.
But I started reading Digital Minimalism and decided to go ahead and pull the plug.
I am still using my phone/iPad/Mac for work purposes of course and I have gone mostly paperless so I am reading on my iPad, taking notes on my devices etc. but I removed the apps that are both a) optional and b) not adding significant value to my life.
I also have begun using the calm app on my daily walks to and from the office (in addition to my morning journaling routine (habit).
The 8 habits I am tracking are:
- Make the bed (Monday - Friday)
- Brush/Floss twice a day
- Journal daily
- Walk the dog 4 times/day (this forces me to go home during my lunch break)
- Stretch twice a day
- Get 15 mins of mindfulness/day (sometimes I combine this with stretching as well using calm body)
- Drink 64 oz. water per day (tracked automatically using the Hidrate Spark 2.0 water bottle connected to the streaks app through the health app)
- Maintain the 1200 calorie/day restriction (synced to streaks using MyFitnessPal)
I probably deleted over 100 apps off of my phone/iPad with more to come.
Additionally, I turned off all notifications, etc. for at least the next week and I am keeping a log of things where the notifications and reminders were beneficial to my life. (Alarm reminding me to stay on my shake schedule; reminders about meetings; etc.)
In regards to weight loss, I am going thru a physician-led program using optifast. I find that if I stick to the exact schedule: 1 shake every 2.5-3 hours, 1 soup per day (total of 6 shakes and 1 soup) plus a minimum of 64 oz. of water, I am totally fine. Where I run into problems is when I get off schedule and then it was easy to use food delivery apps to get a quick fix for my hunger. The goal is hopefully by June, I will be able to reintroduce food in a more mindful way and choose healthier options as I add in an exercise program.
It is def. a journey, but I have found even in 4 days I don’t really miss social media at all which is a win!