Social Media Sabbatical By Priest Willis, Sr.

by Cruz Alvarado on February 14, 2019

Summary: Cutting out distractions and focus on being more productive by consideration Social Media Sabbaticals

Time is my greatest asset. I think that might be true for all of us. Let’s even look at time like inventory. When that one second, minute, or hour is used, it’s gone. Sure, you have more, but whatever that moment was before is forever gone.

Social Media’s original purpose still smartly serves in some areas, but largely has become a resilient echo chamber with blind tribalism, with dividing political debates, and venomous opinions about any and everything. It might be time to take a break or even consider walking away altogether.

To be clear, I’m slowly walking away myself. I’m down to only Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. By the time you read this article, I will have either closed the Instagram account (5K “followers”), or switch it to business-only, which my virtual assistant would manage. I understand that many use it for business and brand building, but I’m wondering out loud if we’ve become more distracted. I don’t want to dismiss those that keep up with family or made great connections. I’m just asking if there’s been more dead space then real progress in our lives and with our time.

If you are a fellow creative, then we need to keep distance from the glamorous arcade to revitalize our mind and solidify our unique outlook. Without the latter, I’m not sure we’re making a real impact. We also require this time to define our objectives, which should be free of public nonsense.

Through taking a social media sabbatical, or even quitting, it’s been found that we can declutter our work and make the most of it by concentrating on what’s crucial. Being as prolific as possible implies using “digital minimalism”. This idea involves notions on how to manage our digital lives with less diversions.

Ultimately, real success comes from being good listeners. We do texting, updating statuses, tweeting, check-in, commenting, and uploading pictures while speaking with others. Taking a sabbatical, or even freeing yourself altogether, allows us to talk to people with full-focus, attend to every word, sustain eye-contact and give an apt reply while collaborating with others.

According to TED speaker and author of the book “Deep Work”, Cal Newport, “if you treat your attention with respect, – so you don’t fragment it; you allow it to stay whole, you preserve your concentration – when it comes time to work, you can do one thing after another and do it with intensity, and intensity can be traded for time. It’s surprising how much you can get done in an eight-hour day if you’re able to give each thing intense concentration after another. Something else I can report back from life without social media is that outside of work, things can be quite peaceful”.

I agree. We’re not binary as humans. Our worth is not measured in likes, comments, notes, or followers, but in our ability to connect on a genuine level. If you want to change your circumstance, consider changing the circle you stand in.

Priest Willis, Sr. is Senior Global Partnerships Marketing Manager at Lenovo and doer of online things.  This article appeared in issue 45 of FeedFront Magazine, which was published in January 2019: Visit Here 

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