I am almost always thinking about what else I need to be doing. But, surprise! There is only so much time in any day. If you have kids you are probably nodding your head by now and even if you don’t have kids, you probably realize that there is only so much time to get things done and hopefully also enjoy life especially when you go to work every day.
This brings me to the quote above on this lovely Monday. “Sometimes our stop-doing list needs to be bigger than our to-do list.” I’ve also heard one way to decide on what you’re going to do, “If it isn’t a hell yes, it’s a no.” That works for events, projects, etc, but what about other everyday things?
I’ve been on a mission to put my phone down more which I’ve talked about multiple times on the blog. This is still challenging because apps like Facebook and Instagram are designed to make you stay on them! I’m on an infinite loop between email, Facebook, Instagram, email, Facebook, Instagram. I don’t want to delete these apps as I do like sharing on them and we use them for Pop and Banter to connect with others. So, I did something else that felt drastic, I signed out.
I was not familiar with those app screens when you’re signed out. Had I even seen them before?!? I have to be honest. I was even making excuses to not do it like that I was worried I might forget my passwords. I started signing out of these apps at night before I fell asleep so that I wouldn’t automatically start looking at social media when I first woke up. And you know what? It was a snowball effect. I started logging out after I used the apps to remind myself not to go back until I was really conscious of the time and the reason I was doing it. And the less mindless time I spent on social media, the more I got done. Shocking, right?? I used the time I was needing a mental break (and would normally open up social media apps) to do other things like chat with a coworker or walk away from my computer and get tea. At home, I read books or was present in playing with my girls.
At the end of the day, we all have things we can stop doing to make room for the good stuff whether that be logging out of social media, watching less TV, or even outsourcing things like cooking dinner!
Are there things you need to put on your “stop-doing list”? Tell me about it in the comments!