In the past, my daily activity has always been very… scattered. I honestly wasn’t getting that much work done and spent way too much time flipping between Twitter and Facebook. Here’s how things have changed in the last few months:
1) No more browsing Twitter during the day
Previously I was on Twitter all day—constantly checking in, even if just for a few seconds. Maybe because I was less focused with my tasks for the day so popping in constantly felt like no big deal.
Now, I check Twitter in the morning, and in the evening, but that’s usually it. No more constant browsing all throughout the day.
And, honestly, I’m pretty sure I don’t miss much. Most of the people I follow are in the United States so I don’t start to see my feed truly bustling until the evening UK time anyway.
2) I’ve been leaving and unfollowing Facebook groups
I used to be active in a bunch of Facebook groups. Just like with my Twitter habits, I was constantly refreshing Facebook to check new posts, answer any questions I could, and report posts that broke the rules.
But I recently started to realize how sick I was getting of Facebook groups.
- Mostly in large groups, a huuuge portion of posts broke the rules. Half my time was spent reporting rule-breaking posts, which probably helped out the admins, but was zero fun for me. It was starting to feel like a full time job just reporting the promotional messes.
- If you’re in a group long enough and with enough people, it starts to feel like the same old stuff over and over again. The exact same questions get asked and then given the exact same answers.
I used to love Facebook groups but they started becoming more annoying to me than enjoyable. Plus I think I felt this way because I was usually the one offering advice rather than asking for it, and although I love helping people, it can start to become a bit of a drain.
I bit the bullet and unfollowed a few groups and left a few groups. The ones I unfollowed were kind of a test drive to see what leaving the group might be like. Turns out, I didn’t miss it. At all. It removed tons of posts from my feed and I no longer have the urge to check Facebook 24/7 for new posts to read.
I’m still actively following a few groups, but I’m extremely selective about which ones.
3) I’ve been unsubscribing from tons of lists/people
When running my business was my main source of income, it felt important to subscribe to a bunch of business-y lists, and follow business-y people… I guess to feel involved in the community, see what other folks were doing, and feel “in the know” with running a business—whatever that means.
Now that I have a full time job, all those subscriptions feel so much less important. I’m no longer really the target audience for “running a business tips” or subscribing to a website giving away free graphics that I might want to use in a project.
I also unfollowed a lot of business folks on Twitter who post about business tips, marketing tips, and so on. It’s kind of a huge relief to be free of all those posts. (Note: they’re absolutely still valuable for some people who are starting a business, I’m just no longer one of those and it’s nice to return to a more hobby-focused Twitter feed.)
4) I’ve achieved inbox zero
For the longest time my inbox was always fully read and under control. But somewhere in the last few years, that changed. The number of average unreads slowly crept up and had been settling around 25-40 on any given day. Now, a big chunk of those were left unread as a reminder for me to do something, but still!
Thanks to unsubscribing from a ton of lists, reducing the work inquiries I get, and just generally having fewer business-y things to do, I’m officially almost at inbox zero all the time. Or if not, I’m usually at 1-2 unreads. It’s an AMAZING feeling!