From FOMO to JOMO – an experimental week

I read Christina’s Crook book “The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World” some years back. Since then I did a couple of unplugged days/weekends. More recently I’ve been finding myself too stuck in the never ending loop of checking news(the good ones) and social media (even though I don’t use Facebook, twitter and IG still pull me a lot).

I found myself brushing my teeth in the morning and checking twitter at the same time. Mind you, I’m not even a very active user and don’t really care for follower counts or likes. But it’s a habit… a bad one.

And there’s really no point in arguing your way out of bad habits… our body and mind needs harsh training to get discipline.

At the same time, I’m at a point in life where I really need to make a better use of all the time I can, and even though I don’t keep track of it, I’m suspicious of wasting quite a good chunk in social media and news.

So I’ve decided that this time I’ll do something a bit more extensive. One full week without twitter, Instagram, reddit, tech news. I’ll keep my email due to work going on, but that’s about it.

I’ll probably want to journal the experience to register what I felt during the week, so I’ll be using this blog for that. I love mental experiments!

In order to avoid breaking my own rules, I’m going to cut all possible shortcuts to open said apps and websites. That includes:

  • uninstalling apps on the phone
  • removing shortcuts from firefox mobile
  • removing shortcuts from firefox desktop (those in the new tab page)
  • turning off all notifications (I have 90% of them off since years ago, but just to make sure I’ll turn everything off)

Very excited for this!


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