- limiting social media time to 2 20 minute breaks during the day
- cut down significantly on the blogs I'm following (about 10 total now) and only marking really interesting posts to come back to comment on
- unjoined several facebook groups (but didn't deactivate because I'm still getting rid of a bunch of stuff I've been purging)
- no phone while waiting for short periods of time (bus stop, elevator, stop light)
- no phone in evenings with kids or G
- NEVER on social media after 10 pm
- weekends: limit to 15 minutes
#3 may be the most important barrier to my success in the past. I had this belief that I would stop checking blogs & facebook and suddenly become super motivated, hyperfocused and productive at work. And more present and relaxed at home. But on the first day, my mind would wander and I wouldn't get everything done, and I'd be distracted and annoyed by my family and I'd declare it a failure and go back to my old ways.
I've had to talk myself down from these expectations. I'm not suddenly going to rewire my brain (if ever), and sometimes work IS boring and that first draft will always take forever to get going. My kids and husband will never cease to (occasionally) irritate me and minds are made to wander.
What I'm doing by removing the constant chatter is creating space for...whatever. Productivity or creativity or daydreams or even boredom.
I'm excited to see how this goes.