Not sure if y’all have noticed or not, but my blogging has been a bit off schedule, lately. I don’t know if it’s the weather or the unsettling fact that the next President of the United States is an impulsive, narcissistic cheeto, but my motivation tank has been looking a little struggly. To be honest, I’ve been overwhelmed. Not “Omg my life is in total shambles” overwhelmed but more like, “I have some really dope goals I’m trying to accomplish in the near future and I need to get a better handle on prioritizing and managing my time” overwhelmed. I was just talking to my mom the other day about this. She told me that she’s noticed how a lot of times I’ll be so engrossed in my phone or laptop that I don’t even realize what’s going on around me.
I can’t lie, sometimes it feels like I’m all over the place. Like I’ll have everything I need to do planned out in my head but I always somehow wind up getting distracted. Which ultimately leads to me feeling anxious and discouraged because I’ve allowed myself to get off track. Like right now, as I’m writing this blog post, I’ve probably stopped to get on Facebook and IG about four or five times within the last 20 minutes. So after coming to terms with the fact that I have a serious problem, I’ve officially diagnosed myself with FOMO.
According to Wikipedia, Fear of missing out (FOMO) is the desire to stay continually connected with what others are doing. As I mentioned earlier, I have an annoying habit of hopping on social media or checking my phone whenever I should be doing something productive. So I’m taking on a few habits to help me stay on track, and hopefully if you’re going through a similar situation, you’ll be encouraged to do the same:
- Spending time away from electronics. The first thing I do when I get up in the morning is grab my phone and check social media. I’m on the computer eight hours a day at work and for about three hours on my laptop when I get home. So from now on, I’m making a point everyday to spend time away from all of my devices. That means finding different ways to rest my mind. Praying and meditating instead of reaching for my phone when I first get up in the morning. Taking breaks away from my desk periodically at work. Giving myself time to wind down when I get home by reading a book, exercising and/or spending quality time with my family.
- Writing a to-do list. Thinking about all the things I need to get done at once can be overwhelming, so I have to remind myself that I can only do one thing at a time. I’ve found that taking time to write out a to-do list is an effective way of organizing my thoughts and staying on top of my tasks. Plus, it’s always a satisfying feeling when you can look back at how many items you’ve checked off throughout the day or week.
- Scheduling out my tasks. Blocking off a certain amount of time for each of my tasks during the week will help manage my time more effectively. So, for example, instead of spending the majority of my day trying to hammer out my next blog post (like I’m doing now), I can dedicate an hour or so to writing a certain amount each day before my scheduled publish date.
- Being patient with myself. I tend to jump ahead of myself a lot of times, which produces anxiety. But at the end of the day, I’m a human who will naturally make mistakes. As long as I continue to stay focused and take things one step at a time, everything will work itself out.
So, tell me: Do you ever experience FOMO and if so, how do you deal with it? What are some methods you utilize to stay productive? Share your thoughts below!