This past weekend my older son and I hopped in the Vanagon on Friday night to drive a little over an hour away so we could sleep outside only to turnaround and come home first thing the next AM.
We spent just over two hours in the car and had a fantastic night sleeping out in a beautiful location that was totally new to us.
“BUT,” I hear you say, “THAT’S CRAZY TALK!!! I DON’T HAVE TWO HOURS TO BURN IN THE CAR JUST TO GET OUTDOORS.”
Let me tell you, if you have a smart phone then you have two hours. I assure you. Most people currently spend two hours EACH DAY on social media.
So, think of it as a simple trade off — trading scrolling time for traveling time. Make a conscious effort to limit just a tiny bit the amount of time you spend on social media each day. Banking 120 minutes for travel time for a trip this weekend would mean cutting just 20 minutes per day from your scrolling through various feeds.
Instead of spending 120 minutes during the week scrolling through stuff that ultimately lends little value to your life, spend 120 minutes in the car getting someplace worth exploring.
If you want to, you could even get a bit obsessive and quantify the time you are reallocating from social media to traveling someplace worth checking. Try loading up Moment on your iPhone or QualityTime on your Android device. You might be surprised to learn just how much time you manage to carve out during the week for things like Instagram or Twitter!
In the past I would have balked at driving an hour just to sleep outdoors. Now that I can see it in terms of trading my time on social media for my time getting someplace that matters, it’s an easy tradeoff to make.
If social media is an addiction (which it most certainly is for me), it helps me to treat it like any other addiction I battle: I need to replace the addiction with something else. I replaced tobacco with exercise years ago. Now I’m simply replacing trickling my time away on social media with banking some travel time to get someplace cool.