This App Changed My Life in One Week

  1. On Instagram, I look up the friends/family/role models who are most important to me first (my husband, my parents, my besties, She’s the First, etc) Turns out everyone else’s posts aren’t necessary for your happiness.
  2. Having 15 precious minutes increases the depth of my engagement. Because I’m not endlessly scrolling, what I do see matters more to me. So I leave my mark by commenting more. And when I close the app, I’ll text a friend if she’s posted something particularly important. That way, I can initiate a more meaningful conversation or invite to meet up.
  3. Not using social media on the subway means I am reading BOOKS. It’s funny how much more attractive books are when they’re not competing for attention with your feed. I avoid using social on the train, because when the data connection cuts out underground, I don’t want to waste my minutes waiting for a blank screen to load.
  4. When I need to use social for work, I turn to my computer, which has helped me create a clear divide between my professional needs for social versus my personal ones, so that I can refocus my personal time in a deeper way. If I want to see what’s new in someone’s life before we meet up for a business meeting, I use my computer to go directly to their profile, avoiding the abyss.
  5. The social networks are working FOR ME, rather than the other way around…15 minutes isn’t enough time for me to fall into the sneaky algorithms they’ve created to increase my time on their platforms for their own business gain.
  6. At large, true to my app’s name, I am more focused on my priorities and thus, less stressed. After all, we compare other people’s highlights to our struggles more than we care to admit, or even realize. (If that’s something you relate to, then you may enjoy the video below.)

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