5 Things to do Instead of Social Media

True story: social media makes me jealous. The curated pictures of vacations, perfect skin, perfect clothes... It can get toxic. Don'...

True story: social media makes me jealous.

The curated pictures of vacations, perfect skin, perfect clothes... It can get toxic.
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my social media tribe, but I've been realizing over the last few weeks that it has not the best way for me to spend my time.

So, I've decided to take a step back... I still go on every once in a while to check up, but I deleted all my social media apps off my phone, and logged out of my accounts on my laptop so that I have to make a more calculated decision to go online, rather than just because of habit. Seriously, that slight disconnect- not having notifications on my phone every few minutes- has been so freeing. I love it.

But, I've been trying to fill my free summer time with more productive stuff, and here are a few I found.

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1. Listen to a podcast.
I use the Podcast Addict and listen to all sorts of free apps... My favorite is currently the Forbes List and the Wall Street Journal's Potomac Watch, but I've been loving Jenna Kutcher's Goal Digger podcast as well. Podcasts just make me feel all academic and smart and like I'm being a successful human you know?? Lol because obviously I need all the help I can get.

2. Try a new Bible Study.
I'm co-leading the high school sunday school at my church, and we are currently in the midst of Jeremiah, doing the Discovery Bible Study format. DBS has ridiculously changed the way I look at studying the Bible- it's a series of reading, questions, and making challenges/goals for yourself based on the passage you read. It's so easy to get caught up in all this Fancy Bible Stuff, but the simple challenge of DBS is great. I've used this pdf version.

3. Practice Coding.
I'll be the first to admit I'm not the most technically gifted... But I've been dabbling in using the free coding service Penjee to learn a bit about coding. It's great to practice problem solving and logic problems. And it will seem *totally* cool to show whoever you need to impress. Trust me. My 9 year old brother was thoroughly impressed.

4. Find a Free Event in Your Hometown.
I recently googled "free events in [my hometown]." I was BLOWN AWAY by the ridiculous number of fun things to do. Free outdoor movies, open air concerts,  pop up markets... I'm sure you'll be surprised by all the epic things that there are right in your own stomping grounds.

5. Make a Motivation Checklist.
I utilized this A LOT during the school year, but have found it's also super helpful in summer. Basically, I make a list of tasks I have to complete in a day before going on to social media/my favorite blogs/my favorite youtube channels. During this summer, this list has included applying for scholarships, working on the internships I'm doing, planning the camps I'm leading,  working out, etc. Then, social media feels more like a reward than a bad habit.

So tell me, my dear internet friends, do you ever find social media toxic? Do you ever find you need a break? What do you do instead? Because, all jokes aside, social media is addicting.

I'd love to know!!
Keep being epic,
Sophia

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4 comments

  1. I've been trying to get off social media too. One of the things I've been trying to do is either deactivate or delete social media accounts I don't use-- it's very refreshing. Who knew that so many things to do exist just beyond the screen? Awesome post as always, Sophia!

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

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  2. I'm trying to spend less time on social media as well. It can be fun, but at the end of the day, what real good comes of it? The connections are amazing, but there's also so much time wasted. It's such a delicate balance to find.

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  3. oooh, these sound like such good ideas!! definitely going to try them.

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  4. This is a great challenge! I did this for a week about last week, and it was SOOOO freeing. I'm back again because I am a social media addict, but (I think) it's with a bit more self control. This summer my goal is to write a third novel and get fit. That coding site looks pretty cool though, I might just have to add that to my motivation list. (-:

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