Where Minimalism Started for Me: Deleting Soul Sucking Apps

Back in February 2017 and well before the #deletefacebook movement started, I clicked the delete Facebook button.

Not the deactivate but the Facebook life ending button. And then I waited 14 days. My world did not end! Then I deleted Instagram. And my world still did not end!

Pleased about my results, I had to share with the Queen of Happiness and Habits herself, Gretchen Rubin!

Subject: Two year anniversary

Date: 2/8/2017 6:36 PM

To: Gretchen Rubin

Good evening Gretchen,

Loved your episode this morning. It certainly brightens my Wednesdays.

Thinking back on all of your previous episodes, I loved the one episode where Liz deleted the one time sucking app as a happiness hack.

As a questioner, I clearly needed a bit more time to do the research but I finally deleted my time sucking app, Facebook. Not only did I delete the app, but I deleted Facebook! Yes, I made the 14 day waiting period for it to be deleted.

I’m happy to report my days are much nicer without the Facebook time warp. I’m spending real time with people, not distracted from my phone. I’m meditating, working out more, and just enjoying life. It’s crazy the amount of extra time I have now.

Take care

Check out Gretchen Rubin reading this very email on Episode 106 on her Happier Podcast.

Why did I do this?

I had no time to read, no time to make meals beyond survival, no time to workout, no time for family and friends. I JUST DIDN’T HAVE TIME!

Why didn’t I have time? See above!

What do I do now? Here I my short list.

  • Spend time with family and friends without my phone.
  • Make some amazing meals.
  • Consolidated my chores to not take up my whole weekend.
  • I worry a whole lot less about what others think, believe, or feel about me.
  • I can fake sick and not have to worry about accidentally posting something fun.
  • I can be who I want to be.Marketers have less control over what and when I buy stuff (interesting to see how they try to suck you in.).
  • Spend time enjoying life!

Take a chance, a wild leap, and delete a soul sucking app today!

Let me leave you with a thought on minimalism from Cal Newport‘s book Digital Minimalism:

Digital Minimalism: A philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else.

My book review for Digital Minimalism.

3 thoughts on “Where Minimalism Started for Me: Deleting Soul Sucking Apps

  1. I went back and forth with Facebook (fully deleting then going back way later) a few times then just deleted it again on Tuesday. I am pretty sure nobody even noticed and now it’s become more like a game – who will be the first to notice I’m gone? And when will they notice?!

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