As a husband, and father of three children (ages 2-7) my life is full. Along with being a husband and a father, I have a 9 to 5 job, I record weekly podcasts on Youtube (The Proverbial Life) and to top it all off for the past 8 months I have been preparing and preaching sermons at my Church. My life is really busy.
Because of the busyness of my life, I recently decided to “cut the fat” out of my daily schedule. With pen in hand, I scheduled a couple of hours one day to evaluate how I use my time on a given day. At the end of this short project, I was able to cut out over 10 hours of time to several things that were good but were also really not necessary in the big picture. The most rewarding cut I made was my usage of Social Media (FB, IG, and Twitter). I went from an hour or more a day (7 days a week) to completely remove it from my life altogether (I went cold turkey yall). Without social media in my life, not only was I able to save more time to do the things that really mattered but I found that I am able to think more clearly and feel less stressed.
Eleven days without social media and the only regret I have is not removing these distractions from my life years ago. I shudder to think about the amount of time I wasted going back and forth arguing with people who rarely changed their minds because of my wise and articulate argumetation. In many cases, social media left me feeling like I accomplished a lot throughout the day, but in the end, I had little to show for my day besides the emptiness of wasted hours.
What if I would have invested those precious God given hours doing something that really mattered to me? What if I used that time to produce more content for the Proverbial Life? Or used those extra hours at the end of the week to read more books to learn new skills? Or better yet, what if I used those hours to have more meaningful conversations with my wife, children, and or friend over the phone or someone from my community? How much better off would I be today? Obviously, I cannot change the past, and I can’t say that all my time on Social media was wasted. I’m sure there were many things God used to grow me and others as a result, but I am convinced that the good should never take president over the better.
As of right now, I don’t know when or if I’ll ever go back to regularly being social media again, but what I do know is that my time away from the noise of a new notification has given me clarity of thought to focus on the things that really matter to me, my soul, my family and my calling(s)-The Proverbial Life.