We all have those days (or weeks), whether our job is on social media or not, that we need a break from technology. More importantly, a break from aimlessly scrolling Instagram. For me, Instagram is my full-time job and I love it, but it is also an app that I find myself inadvertently going to even on days I need to be the most productive and present. It can be addicting, robotic, and time-consuming.
A few months ago, I knew I needed to make a change in my time commitment, but I had a hard time determining the balance. It’s a constant struggle for most influencers to “turn off,” wanting to use every opportunity to strengthen the brand and be present for followers. Yet, taking one day off made me come back even better the next day. So, I made “Sunday Off Social” a thing.
Since I started doing this (in November I recall) and still going strong today, it has easily become my favorite day and I almost have the routine down to a science. A few people wondered if I ever accidentally go on social media on Sunday? The answer is, yes. Again, it’s been a habit for a very long time, but I quickly get off and continue on my day. It happens. I also have some Sundays where I still document the day, depending on my mood. It’s not something I consider “work” and don’t take it too seriously. Documenting and taking photos is truly something I enjoy.
A glimpse into my day off:
- “ALEXA, PLAY DAVE MATTHEWS BAND” with the back doors wide open and essential oils flowing through the house.
- Laundry- wash bedding, towels, and clothes (usually will start a load or two on Saturday too to help)
- Clean out old or expired food from the fridge and plan out next week’s menu starting with Sunday (I get meal inspiration from Pinterest and then pin that particular week’s recipe options to my page)
- Make Instacart order to arrive between 12-3 pm
- Vacuum floors in all the bedrooms
- Do an MWH workout
- Go through any unread snail mail
- Listen to music or a podcast/audible (currently listening to book: Think Like a Monk)
- For the Girls: Watch a movie, ride bikes, go on walks, go to the park, art crafts, venture out with Dad
- Evening: Face Mask (Face Reality), Hair Mask (Unite 7Seconds Masque), Shower
- When the girls go to bed, I mop the entire upstairs floors and run the robot vacuum (I run this vacuum every night anyway and it’s a game-changer for keeping our wood floors clean).
Even though every weekend is different, depending on what we have planned… there are a few things that have become a staple for me on Sunday. These tasks have become routine, therapeutic, and something I love to do before starting a new week. Sure, not every single thing happens on that day… but these are some of the things I try to do. Take care of yourself, your family, your mind, and take time off technology when needed (weekly or unplanned).