How To Escape The Death Spiral Of Consumption
You check Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter the second you wake up. You launch into your emails before you’re even out of bed.
And before you know it… You’re all up amongst the death spiral that is mindless consumption and information overload. You don’t even realize you’re doing it until at least a week or two into it, when you find yourself constantly mind-fucked and really un-productive.
As much as I’d love to sit here and tell everyone how I’m constantly creating more than I consume, it’d be a lie.
I know we all love to think that we’re big creators, not having enough time to consume other people’s work because we’re too busy creating our own... But sometimes we get caught up in it. I got sucked into the consumption death spiral a few months ago, and I knew that to get out of it and go balls-to-the-wall with some new projects and ideas of my own, a digi cleanse + mini reset was in order.
So, that’s what I did.
Part One: Clear out all of your social media accounts. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Bloglovin, the whole lot. Go through every single person you follow or are friends with, and if you’re not in love with what they do, or if they’re a Debbie Downer all of the time, delete/unfollow them.
And here's the kicker: You don’t need to feel bad about it. Its your life, and you have the freedom to choose who’s posts you consume.
Part Two: Clean up yo' life. Your house. Your computer. Your phone… Everything.
For more inspo + ideas on cleaning up your Digital Shit, check out this post.
It’s insane how much mental clarity this brings.
2. Delete all Social Media apps off your phone & computer, and block the websites.
Take a step back from the mindless consumption.
If you need to schedule a few posts for your work/business before you delete the apps, go for it. Don't let them take up too much time though, just get it done.
If you plan on taking some time off and your readers/followers are used to your frequent posting, give them a heads up and let them know, if it feels right for you. For me personally I didn’t go around blasting on Social Media that I was taking a mini break from it all, because, well, I didn’t really expect people to give a shit.
Don't feel as though it's an obligation to announce everything to your followers. Again, just do what feels right for you.
3. Get away. Go somewhere new.
Change your scenery. Get out of the house. Get out of your town. Hell, get out of your country for a week if you can swing it. Aim for at least one full day out, but if you can take a longer getaway, make it happen.
Go on a road trip. Go hiking. Rent a cabin in the woods. Whatever your soul is pining for to help guide you through this… Do it.
For me, I rented a car for a week, drove over towards the Rockies (most of my road trips don’t have a solid destination… I just drive until I feel like stopping somewhere, and this one was no exception), and I got stuck into The Desire Map, by Danielle LaPorte.
In the past when I've felt a bit stuck and not sure where I want to go, or what I want to be doing in the next 6 months of my life, I've turned to The Desire Map, and it helped me get really clear on how I want to feel (the whole point of TDM is figuring out how you want to feel — and then creating goals based on that), and what I want to do.
If it’s not for you, that's cool too. Maybe there’s another book or process you can do that helps you get clear on where you want to be.
Maybe it's as simple as looking at the past 6 months of your life, looking at what hasn't worked, and what has, and going from there.
Write it down. Get it out.
4. Start scheming. Start creating.
How are you going to achieve your goals? What is going to help you get to where you wanna be? Who can you talk to about getting there?
Start the momentum going.
5. Re-enter the online world… With caution.
Once you've taken a break and gotten clear on what you're doing and where you want to go, slowly get back into the online world.
As you re-enter the world of the interwebs, keep this at the top of your mind : Focus on creating more than you consume.
The people who get shit done in this world aren’t sitting around on Facebook and Twitter all day. They’re probably being pretty cautious about what they buy into, too. Don’t feel like you have to buy every eBook or every eCourse out there... Just do what you want to do.
A couple of other quick tips:
Keep the apps off your phone (except Instagram, obv). Only use Twitter, Facebook, etc, when you’re on your computer.
Set specific amounts of time to spend on there each day. Or use an app like AntiSocial to help keep you in check.
6. Do the work.
Commit to yourself.
Commit to creating something new.
Commit to experimenting.
Summing it up:
So, that’s how I got myself out of the consumption shit storm.
What do you do when you find yourself in a place like this?