Monday I started my 100-day retreat from social media and it’s been wonderful for my productivity and longer-form writing.
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Here is what I’ve done to keep myself from accidentally checking my social:
- I took Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram and put them on the last page of my iPhone apps, inside a folder — out of sight, out of mind.
- I turned off desktop notifications and logged myself out of Facebook and Twitter.
- I’ve replaced my social apps and autoloading pages with Wunderlist and Google Docs / Evernote (I can’t pick between the two).
- I started taking my journal with me to meetings and taking many more notes — and now when I get back to my desk I re-read my notes and think about what I wrote.
- We have been posting to social media things that my team needs to share with our audience, like clips from This Week in Startups, my blog posts and updates from Inside.com (which is having a little resurgency since we moved 100% to email).
Last night at poker I found myself wanting to check my phone over and over and I did open Twitter to do a search about a $600,000 bet by some degenerate poker players. They are basically betting that one of them can ride a bike from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. It sparked a $10,000 free-roll bet with another poker player that she couldn’t do it in 72 hours (she did).
I couldn’t actually find that information anywhere else, so I spent < five minutes on Twitter.
But What about News?
It’s my job to be informed, so I’ve focused my energy on reading four emails every day: two editions of LAUNCH Ticker and two editions of Inside.com Daily Brief. These take about three minutes each to read, with LAUNCH Ticker having 25-35 updates per email (too many, I told the team to pull it back to 15-20 per email), and Inside.com’s Daily Brief email having 15-20 updates (but about 2-3 links per story capsul). If I have time, I like to click on all the links in a story from Inside as they are selected to be either informative or entertaining (which I find fun).