How to Quit Instagram
It was in January that I bid a fond farewell to Instagram.
In a couple of taps on my phone, I removed an approximate 10,000+ photo history of myself from the internet. In the time it takes to pick up a mug and take a sip of coffee, I removed myself from an equation that I had somehow convinced myself was important "work" in both selling and promoting "my brand" and "my product".
The truth is that Instagram was taking away from any actual work I was doing or could do. Because it was splitting my focus. It caused me to not be able to concentrate for extended periods of time. I'd start work on a legitimate project, get a few minutes in, then stop to see what was happening on Instagram. Had anyone commented on my latest post? Did someone have a question that needed answering right this very second? The short version of the saga is this: Instagram was harming my ability to produce good work. So, I quit.
Should I list here a collection of what I've accomplished since quitting Instagram? I'm not going to do that. I can tell you that I've gotten a lot done. My ability to concentrate is coming back. I've stopped reaching for my phone every 5 minutes. When I wake up I reach for a book, or letter writing paper, or my cursive handwriting workbook (constantly trying to improve! Even my handwriting!) instead of my phone. My time feels better because when I get to the end of the day I can review a big list of different tasks I was able to start AND finish. (I respond really well to this kind of "list and review" way of thinking. Because I am a nerd. A nerd who gets a lot done.)
One of the activities I've decided to commit to since quitting Instagram is to write more. I used to blog every single day, without fail. I think I felt sharper then. I was better at making connections, at reading articles or books and understanding what to do with that information - how to share it in a way that only I could. I miss that very alive thinking feeling. I'm committed to getting it back.