It’s 10:30am and you’ve been at your computer since 8. You committed to being more mindful and productive with your time this year (hello, resolutions!) and your morning has been on a roll so far. “I deserve a mental break,” you think to yourself. “My next meeting doesn’t start until 11. I’ll just scroll my Facebook feed, read a few Buzzfeed articles, and then get ready to get down to business. I mean, how much can I actually accomplish in the next 27 minutes anyways?”
28 minutes later you realize you just wasted a perfectly good chunk of time and now you’re running late for the meeting that you never prepped for.
Like it or not, FOMO (the Fear of Missing Out) is still a driving factor in today’s society. Why? Because we are a group of achievers, do-ers, and thinkers like no other in history. We want to be connected and share our lives with each other. We have gone so far as to create entire businesses around staying more connected and in touch at all times, even when we are away.
As an online entrepreneur who helps busy business owners wrangle the day to day (including their social media accounts), I recognize the value in all kinds of connection. I also can pull it together and get real about how we truly spend our time.
Not sure what you could be doing instead of what you are sooo used to doing? I’ve got you covered:
27 Things To Do Besides Spending The Next 27 Minutes on Facebook
- Write your next blog post (this one happened in an anti-Facebook moment).
- Pack up four books that inspired you and send them to a friend.
- Organize your inbox so you get less email!
- Read the first 10 pages of that new book you bought last month.
- Call your grandma.
- Knock two things off of your task list.
- Email the author of the last blog or article you read that made a huge impact on the way you work/live/think. Tell them they rock in a major way.
- Pay a bill. (bonus points if you setup automatic bill pay so you never have to think about it again)
- Unsubscribe from lists that you don’t read.
- Take a yoga break.
- Build canned responses in your email. Here’s why and how you should be using canned responses.
- Create your task list for the rest of the week.
- Clean off your desk. A clear desk leads to a more productive day.
- Send out five quick love notes.
- Look at the details of your bank account and make sure you know where your money is going daily.
- Plan a coffee date with the most inspirational person you know. Live, on Skype, or on the phone.
- Prep your next meal. (You wouldn’t believe how many meals we all skip because we are “too busy” wasting time on social media)
- Get a friend on board for a time challenge. Ask your bud to spend the next 20 minutes checking off their list while you do too.
- Write down your favorite inspirational quote and frame it. Hang it by your work space so you see it daily.
- Start that Medium account you’ve been putting off and write your first post.
- Find a local charity and contact them about volunteering. Pick a day, a week, or make a regular commitment. Do something for someone else.
- Register for a course that inspires your soul. Something that you’ve always wanted to learn about but have been putting off. Check out Nicole’s Classes for some incredible online options.
- Walk your dog. Or your neighbors dog. Or just take a walk. Fresh air will do you wonders for the rest of your day.
- Write down everything on your mind – just pen to paper style until you can’t write anymore. Clear your mind with a little ink therapy.
- Rewrite your “about me” page with the real YOU in mind.
- Take another yoga break. (You need it.)
- Comment below this post and tell me what you do instead of scrolling your newsfeed.
Did this list stoke your fire? Are you ready to go whole hog with a complete social media sabbatical? Want to know what life is like away from notifications and status updates? Try it for the rest of the day today (you can do it, trust me) and see how you feel in the morning.