Many times, I find myself not knowing what to do with myself. I'm talking about those little moments of "free time" when I have no particular obligation or personal commitment.
Today I was going through that and, in that moment, my hand instinctively went to the letter R followed by the Enter button of my keyboard, which took me to Reddit. This mindless impulse has happened many times before. The sad thing is that after looking through the site I usually end up with a deep feeling of dissatisfaction.
Whether it's checking Reddit, Twitter, Facebook or YouTube it only turns out to be worth it about 10% of the time. Sometimes I even find something that makes me feel angry or sad which is even worse.
This needs to stop. Logically speaking, I should replace checking on social media with activities that are way more likely to be worthwhile. Doing this will make me mentally healthier and more valuable in general.
A good way to make this change is to already have clear alternatives in mind or, better yet, have them written down so that, whenever I have the impulse to go on social media, I can instead look at an actual list. Because one of the biggest reasons for why I go on social media all the time is because I'm not fully mindful of the alternatives. So today I created that list.
This list of mine is made up of positive and fun things that I could do instead of checking social media. In my opinion, the more options I have the better, since that way I'm more likely to find something I'm in the mood for.
- Walk my dogs - because in their eyes you can never do enough of that
- Watch a movie
- Go for a run
- Play basketball
- Read a chapter of Tribe Of Mentors
- Read an article that I have saved on my Kindle
- Read a chapter of a novel
- Listen to a podcast - if you feel up to it, you can do it while running or walking the dogs!
- Write a thank you letter
- Call a friend
- Talk to a stranger - I know you won't do it but hey, the option's always there
- Answer some questions on Quora
- Start or continue a post for my blog
- Think of how I can improve this list (should I have more productive things or just more options?)
Side note: while I do think there's a place for social media, I think it's best used only when I have a deliberate reason. That way there's a pretty good chance it'll be worth it.