Thirty one days • Trente-et-un jours.
In the month of October, you may have noticed a lack of @sarahlalondee on your Twitter feeds and even the absence of @sarahannelalonde checking your Snapchat and Instagram stories…
Well, I was a little busy changing my life… You know, undoing bad habits and being more present in my life. That old chestnut!
Matthieu and I completed a social media detox for a month. We made up our own little list of apps we were and were not allowed to visit. After we made this list, we deleted the apps on our phone (because God forbid I would not have enough self-control at the time to not have used them).
I even found one of my top podcasts (The Minimalists) mentioning the fact that humans are scared of being bored. In episode 201, they focus on the idea of Slowing Down. It's quite the dilemma.
You can check it out here: https://www.theminimalists.com/podcast/
SOCIAL MEDIA DETOX - STUDENT version
I had been sharing my first week struggles with them and one Friday decided to ask if they wanted to do it with me. This small idea I had in my head in September grew into something much bigger and much more powerful. My students and I co-constructed a list of social media apps they thought should be "banned"... Here is the list we came up with:
This was not a project. It was not graded. It was a simple and fun challenge I wanted to put them through in order for them to grow. 8/11 students decided to cut out all social media from their lives for FIVE FULL DAYS. (Yes, that means no TIK TOKS!)
At the end of the detox, I rewarded my students with a signed certificat and a key chain with a word they had chosen to represent HOW they felt during the detox. It is a simple reminder to sometimes take the time to be disconnected. Here are some photos!
- I want to be more intentional with my social media use.
- I have no need for Instagram, as it does not necessarily bring value in my life.
- I still enjoy using Snapchat to communicate the best with some of my friends, but do not allow myself to check the stories.
- I wanted to keep Twitter because of a few reasons: the sense of belonging I feel, the desire to contribute to the space and other educators, seeing Tweets ignite me... but I do need to cut back.
- I now have the self-control to have these apps on my phone and USE them intentionally.
- I am beginning the book: Digital Minimalist to dive even deeper into this concept!
- Reflecting on the process is KEY 🔑
New Digital Minimalist Apprentice
Si j'attends pour la perfection, je n'écrierais jamais un mot...
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