1- The less you look at social media, the less you want to look at it. I noticed this phenomenon with Facebook after quitting over 4 years ago. I had been spending time on message boards (PMG, etc) and found it incredibly addicting. But once I quit I just . . . didn’t miss it.
(Here’s the post where I quit: Feb 2016. Here’s a recap one year later. My account is still inactive 4.5 years beyond this initial effort! The problem is that Instagram started to creep in and fill the void. DAMN IT Mark Zuckerberg.)
2- Scrolling before bed is seriously a terrible habit. For me, anyway. I have been getting much better sleep and I can feel that. (Last weekend I was incredibly tired but in retrospect I think I had a mild version of whatever non-COVID virus G had!).
3- My kids are better behaved when I am not distracted by a screen. I mean, this shouldn’t have been that shocking but it’s actually really played out in fairly dramatic fashion. (Carla Naumberg talks about this in her book, by the way. Being distracted with screens is a trigger that should be looked at if you — like me — want to prevent losing your sh*t with your kids.)
4- I suddenly have time and more mental space to do more other things. Particularly reading, which makes me so much happier than Instagram. I’ve been reading more books and last week a full Atlantic article, which I hadn’t done in quite some time (we get the paper version). But not even just that. I feel like I have been getting more ideas at work and I think I’ve been more productive there, too.
Recent Scenes from a Walk with A:
PS: Last night I participated in a large Zoom presentation / webinar for 4th year medical students — basically representatives from residency programs all around the Southeast got 6 minutes each to give a sales pitch! There were several hundred students watching and 40 programs presenting from the Southeast region.
The presentation was at 8 pm and I had not asked our nanny to stay (she probably would have, but honestly that just felt like . . . too much of an ask). Josh ended up with a late case and I started to get very nervous about a kid video-bombing my Zoom. BUT – Annabel ended up volunteering to put G to bed (!) and it actually worked. And then she and C became engrossed in a movie (their current obsession: How To Train Your Dragon) and didn’t even notice what I was doing. I felt so happy that it all worked out (and, side note — my former program director from Duke randomly was assigned to present right after me, which was slightly intimidating because I knew she was watching! But she then very nicely gave me a shout-out which was really fun and just made me happy).
Okay. Going to run and (hopefully) return to our house before anyone wakes up . . . happy Saturday.