A few weeks ago I thought it would be fun to involve the entire community in a 30 day social media detox this summer. I chose August as my screen free month but I had so many of you reach out requesting to do it a different month so I created these printables for you ahead of time! You may remember that I took the month of January off social media and that I found the first two weeks to be pretty difficult. I would still reach for my phone frequently and felt as though I was missing out on “everything”. By weeks 3-4 I began enjoying the solitude and quiet that was present without the constant social media/phone screen and honestly had a hard time going back. Personally I think that it’s necessary to do this for at least 30 days to get the full effect of how amazing your life can be free of social media. After listening to Rich Roll’s podcast with Cal Newport on Digital Minimalism last week, this really confirmed the need to commit to the full 30 days. If you haven’t listening to it, take a listen and then pick up Cal’s book, Digital Minimalism. I just started it this weekend and it’s fantastic so far. It includes practical steps to take towards the detox and then maintaining that “digital minimalism” when you get back from the detox.
“It’s easy to be seduced by the small amounts of profit offered by the latest app or service, but then forget its cost in terms of the most important resource we possess: the minutes of our life.” Cal Newport
I created these PDF print outs for you to document your journey through the 30 day detox. I guarantee you notice a HUGE difference at the end of week 1 when compared to week 4 and I promise you that it will be absolutely freeing.
“The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, . . . was all about: “How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?” And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever.” Cal Newport
While you are off social media, I thought it would be a great exercise to think about your favorite accounts to keep up with on Instagram. I know that there are quite a few people who do find quality content on there and would love to still keep up with things once they come back from the detox. Write down your favorite accounts and then write down other ways that you could follow them. Do they have a podcast? Do they have a blog? Do they have newsletters?
Print this out and consider filling it out throughout the month. It’s important to think about the things you want to do to fill that time you were using to scroll social media or use screens. Do you want to start a new hobby? Create a bucket list with your kids? Visit a new place? Start something new? Print this one out by clicking on the image above or clicking here!
If you end up participating with me (or at any other time) be sure to share your answers with me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or tag me in a story on IG! I would love to reshare!
I had quite a few questions about this challenge so I am going to answer them below.
1.) Does this include all screens or just social media?
For me personally, this includes all screens. I am stepping away from my computer, television and phone screen for 30 days. Seems drastic I know but I am up for the challenge. It is important to note that this is for personal use. I know that most of us need to use computers/phones for professional use and that is a separate beast!
If you want to just do a 30 day social media detox, I definitely think that is more realistic and what most will do! Just delete IG, FB and all other social media apps off your phone for 30 days!
2.) What will you do?!
I have so many ideas! At first my husband was like “We love relaxing with our shows at the end of a day!” and I almost got reeled in but I am sticking with it. I think this will be an actual challenge and will be fun at the same time. Instead of television I plan to read at least 2-3 books in 30 days, garden more, play games/cards with my husband, journal more, snuggle with my kids in bed longer (I am always racing off to get a bunch of things done), plan more outings with friends, and so much more!
3.) Will you still use your phone to make calls/receive calls and texts?
Yes! My phone will remain in the charging station a majority of the time on loud so I can hear it if I get a call. I also plan to use my phone to take videos of the kitchen progress and photos of the kitchen/kids occasionally!
4.) What about getting the news or up to date weather?
I will walk outside to figure out what the weather is for the day and as for news, I am honestly okay with being completely without it for a month but I also subscribed to a newspaper. I know, pretty crazy right? 😉
if you have any other questions, leave them for me below and I will add them here!
“…allow an optional technology back into your life at the end of the digital declutter, it must: Serve something you deeply value (offering some benefit is not enough). Be the best way to use technology to serve this value (if it’s not, replace it with something better). Have a role in your life that is constrained with a standard operating procedure that specifies when and how you use it.” Cal Newport