Waking up and grabbing your phone off the bedside table before morning coffee pushes you into a whirlwind of finger scrolling. Not too long after reading last night’s missed text, Instagram feeds light up your screen with a forty-minute journey to liking photos and following accounts.
My morning routine doesn’t consist of scrolling through social media but after prayer, reading Vogue or PORTER and staring out the window, I’m online responding to emails and searching for content inspo. My eyes are locked on fashion/lifestyle magazines, WordPress blogs and YouTube videos.
Last Monday, after watching a girl boss YouTube video late morning, lightning struck our city’s main tower storing the internet connection. Thankfully no one was hurt but the intense storm burnt the facility causing internet and television services to be down for 5 days.
No WiFi means limited research, no posting and no communicating with my audience. Are people reading my blog if I’m not promoting it on Twitter? Will I lose followers? I publish posts 3x/wk and zero posts we’re uploaded last week! Cue the silent scream😱. All valid questions with a simple revelation. The unintentional delay forced me into a much-needed digital detox to sharpen my organizational skills.
My break was an eye-opener blog wise. Last week, not one single post was released because I was unprepared. My digital detox created an opportunity to finally relax but tighten up skills such as writing higher quality posts, sharpening photography techniques, organizing content and breaking bad blogging habits.
Plan Ahead…Way Ahead
Write in advance. Simple right? Never knew how disorganized I was until our WiFi went down. My blog planning was a mess with a non-existing schedule, which is why I didn’t have any posts published last week. Let’s be real, it wasn’t because I was busy, just PURE laziness.
Typically, I’ll procrastinate unloading posts by writitng the day of or one day before it’s due…bad habit. My irresponsible behavior has caught up with me, so now it’s time to change. I want to take blogging more seriously and make a career out of it, so I need to stop taking advantage of my platform and make healthy use of it by getting organized.
If you want to grow, put in the extra work. Plain and simple.
Since I publish 3x/wk, my new goal is to write at least two weeks in advance for an endless flow of content. I’ll utilize Twuffer to schedule tweets, Trello for strategic weekly to-do lists and a journal to organize topics.
Doing Nothing is Productive
When I wasn’t researching the net, I took time to pray and connect with God. I literally sat and listened. Ironically, I was more productive praying than sitting in front of my computer, searching and planning. How was this possible? My mind was clear leaving way for ideas and creative thoughts to flow more freely.
This era rests in the theory busy means productive but it’s not always true. While I wasn’t doing anything physically, my mind was doing something…it was relaxing.
Resting helps you stay strong. No worrying, just sit and do nothing.
Whether you’re praying, watching the clouds, taking a nap or any stress-free activity, be calm and still. Sit and do nothing because sometimes the smallest effort is preparation for your best performance.
During my break, I took time to myself by relaxing, which helped me produce more content. I learned not to overwork my mind with getting stuff done, basically gaining the less is more attitude. Adopting this way of thinking helped me wrote 8 blog posts and snap 8 photo sessions! How liberating is that?! Well on my way to writing two weeks in advance.
Totally Worth the Break
Breaks from the social media or the Internet are necessary to encourage growth and learn more about yourself. Put your phone down, pick up a book, hang with friends or sit and do nothing to free your mind from the captivating blue screen.
Don’t limit a digital detox to the weekend, feel free to take one between Monday and Friday; even twenty minutes is worth the break.
When was the last time you had a digital detox from social media and the internet? Share the lessons you learned.