|Plugging in may be necessary but we control what we give.|
Interestingly enough, none of that was on my radar when I made the decision to take a break. That decision actually stemmed from the overwhelming and overbearing amount of negativity that's overtaken the news and social media in recent years. I needed a mental break from it all because that negativity was actually leeching into my life outside of the net. Finding out that I was displaying addiction characteristics was an unanticipated bonus. I say bonus because it has and will offer an absolute prime opportunity to make some adjustments and gain some education regarding the subject that I'll be able to use going forward, plus it's providing me with an opportunity to write about my experience and lessons learned so that others may benefit. In the long run I gained some valuable lessons without anyone really getting hurt. That's certainly not always the case.
So now that I'm back on, what lessons will I bring with me? First, I'm going to limit my social media time. Currently, I have no plans to reinstall the app on my phone and will do most of my work at my computer. Keeping access limited builds in constraints that will insure I don't fall into the same habits. I'm not saying I'll be doing this forever because there may (and hopefully will) come a time when I'm required to have more access but for the time being, this will help me continue developing good habits. Second, I'm going to continue working to reduce the amount of negativity that shows on my news feed. Many of the pages I follow are coaches of varying professions, scientists, philosophers, athletes, artists, musicians, educators, and the like. Many of the political pundits, spokespersons, news agencies, and rabblerousers I formerly found enjoyment in following are gone. I'm still willing to have genuine discussions with people regarding a wide range of topics including the ones you're not suppose to talk about, (religion, politics, ect), but the days of getting caught up or sucked into pissing matches with people who have no ability to talk without attacking or who will not even consider evidence contrary to their opinion, are over. Positivitey, problem solvers, people who make me think and reconsider my thoughts and opinions, and those who force me to strengthen my own arguments because of the way they debate, are of much more value to me at this point in my life.
Lastly, I want to use social media as a tool for improvement rather than simply a way to follow others. There are a vast amount of opportunities and ways to gain education and I want to streamline my usage to more align with those abilities. I want to use it to grow this blog and other writings I'm working on and once I've completed the necessary work, some other ventures I'm planning in the future as well. I want to use my small voice to try and help others improve and grow their own businesses because there are millions of people out there with fantastic ideas who may only be a share or two away from reaching someone who can bring those ideas to life on a macro scale. I want my social media pages and presence to help bring solutions, ideas, improvements, and education to others to whatever degree possible. My time away was valuable and now it's time to show why.