46 Productive Things to Do Instead of Scrolling Social Media

46 Productive Things to Do Instead of Scrolling Social Media

Few people come to the new year with a goal of spending more time on social media. Instead, they want to use it less, to stop wasting so much time scrolling, or to use it more purposefully.

The good news? Those goals are SO VERY POSSIBLE, even though they can feel out of reach if you're locked in the vicious cycle of reaching for your phone every few minutes. To cut down on your time aimlessly scrolling, though, you'll need a better plan than just *hoping* things will get better. The most effective antidote we've seen? Having an enjoyable, easy activity you can turn to whenever the urge strikes to scroll - and we've got plenty of those for you! A few more tips:

Choose when you'll connect. We're big fans of social media when it's used intentionally! It can be a beautiful place of connection, encouragement, learning, and inspiration. But, for many of us, these apps are just too addictive to leave up to our willpower. Without a plan, our fingers will wander over to click open the app more often than we'd like. Setting boundaries around when you'll sign on in advance will allow you to enjoy the time you're on the app more, knowing it's exactly what you're supposed to be doing - no guilt needed! 

A tip: A harder boundary is often easier than doing something “less.” By committing to, for example, a hard boundary of signing on just once a day, you can reduce the number of times you ask your brain to decide whether or not you're going to open the app. Decision fatigue is real, and most of us would rather keep our willpower for other things!

Identify the times you're most tempted to scroll. Is it first thing in the morning? Waiting for your kids in the carpool line? At night in front of the TV? In bed before you turn in for the night? Plan ahead for these moments and make proactive decisions: charge your phone in the kitchen instead of on your bedside table. Leave a book you love in the car. Set your latest embroidery project or coloring book next to your favorite chair. If the alternative is just as easy as picking up your phone, more often than not, you'll choose it!

Recognize what you're trading your time for. This can be a rude wake-up call, but it's sometimes necessary. If you feel constantly strapped for time or if you're not making as much progress as you'd like on your goals, force yourself to look at how much time per day you're spending on social media apps (the US average is 2 hours and 3 minutes - you can find yours within the settings of your phone). This might be just the nudge you need to spend that time more productively. 

And on that note... here are 46 productive things you can do instead of scrolling on your phone today. We hope they inspire you to start prioritizing what matters most to you!

  1. Flip through conversation cards with a friend or loved one
  2. Unsubscribe from email promotional emails
  3. Plan a coffee date with a friend
  4. Delete photos from your camera roll
  5. Floss your teeth
  6. Go to bed early
  7. Take a walk
  8. Write a thank you note
  9. Read a magazine
  10. Check off a daily goal on your Tending List
  11. Organize your bedside table
  12. Make a to-do list, and check one thing off your to-do list
  13. Write out a social media mission statement
  14. Wash the dishes
  15. Sort through a pile of clutter
  16. Make your bed
  17. Choose ten pieces of clothing to donate
  18. Read a book
  19. Learn a new language
  20. Call your best friend
  21. Kiss your significant other
  22. Take out the trash
  23. Get your finances in order
  24. Make a sweet treat for your neighbor
  25. Go to the library, and check out a new book
  26. Write the Word
  27. Clean out your pantry
  28. Do a puzzle with your child
  29. Write down your goals
  30. Unload the dishwasher
  31. Choose one new recipe to try
  32. Print a few of your favorite photos to display
  33. Plan a gathering in your home
  34. Exercise
  35. Doodle
  36. Start a gratitude journal
  37. Reply to five emails in your inbox
  38. Organize your bathroom cabinet
  39. Apply for a passport
  40. Prep your meals for the week
  41. Reply to your text messages
  42. Start one load of laundry
  43. Clean out your junk drawer
  44. Watch a TED talk
  45. Organize your desk
  46. Make an inspiring playlist

We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment, and tell us what else would you add to this list! The possibilities are endless, and we can’t wait to hear your creativity!

P.S. Looking for a proven system to more of what you want to do instead of aimlessly scrolling? PowerSheets are for you!

1 comment

Love all of THIS! :) Well done!

Grateful Gwen

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