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- 📱I accidentally quit Instagram with laziness and weakness
📱I accidentally quit Instagram with laziness and weakness
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3 years ago Instagram had my skull in a vice grip.
It was the middle of the 2020 Presidential elections in the US.
Suddenly, I wasn’t just interested in politics…
I was addicted.
There was a weird hit I’d get every time I saw a new shocking headline or an update to a story I’d been following.
At one point, I literally could not resist the urge to open the app for more than 10 minutes.
The first time I took 2 seconds to think about what I was doing, I felt my stomach in my throat.
How did I get here?
More importantly… how do I get out?!
The answer came straught outta inspiration weakness.
I didn’t think I could actually handle quitting cold turkey.
So all I did was:
Delete the ‘gram off my phone
Told myself it was totally fine for me to use Instagram’s website from my computer or the (terribly designed) iPad app.
Seriously, I had full permission to use the stinkin’ app.
I just made it a little more… complicated.
Every time I’d whip out my phone my thumb would just start twitching when I didn’t see the app where it used to live on my Home Screen…
And I had to consider, “Is it worth pulling it up on my computer? Where did I even leave my iPad?”
And that, my friend, is where my own laziness really came in clutch.
The extra few steps it would take to find my iPad or pull up the site on my laptop just seemed silly.
So 99 times out of 100, I just didn’t.
Just like that, literally overnight, I went from doomscrolling every 10 minutes to going weeks without so much as logging on.
And I never once said I was quitting.
Consider a bad habit you’ve been wanting to curb. (I’m not talking about real addictions. You’ll need professional help overcoming those.)
If quitting cold turkey hasn’t worked for you, try giving yourself permission to do it… but make the habit significantly less possible. Put creative obstacles or strategic impediments between you and the habit. Make it so inconvenient, it feels more like a chore than a treat.
See what works! Test, measure, and adjust to find the results you want.
The truth is, you don’t break a bad habit; you replace it with a good one.
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