I’ve been hearing a term more and more recently. A term that can be one of the biggest barriers to simplicity and one that you might have without knowing it. FOMO.
What is FOMO?
FOMO is an acronym for the “fear of missing out”. FOMO is why we compulsively check email and Facebook. It’s why we get up early or stay up late for reveals and releases. It’s why we scour stores (online and off) for what’s new on the market.
While FOMO isn’t new, the Internet has changed how it impacts us.
In 2014, it’s quite easy to stay permanently tethered to the cloud. But as many have written, along with that comes feelings of disconnection and even loneliness. FOMO today stems from this hunger to reconnect, to feel a part of something.
The problem with satisfying a FOMO urge is two-fold. The satisfaction fades quickly and we feel “in lack” again, creating a endless cycle. And worse, each jaunt down a FOMO rabbit hole takes time.
How can FOMO hurt your scrapbooks?
I hear often that it’s hard for you to find time to scrapbook, and when you do it’s too easy to get distracted by the Internet. Sometimes, this is caused by FOMO. FOMO is stealing your time and your mojo. It’s keeping you lost in your head and not creating with your hands.
Fortunately, there is a way out!
While it is just one part of the bigger puzzle, being mindful of FOMO behavior can help you feel more accomplished in scrapbooking.
Here’s how that works: A simple awareness of not using your time effectively is important and helpful. But understanding why you’re fiddling around on Pinterest or browsing that new catalog takes it even deeper – and is the first step towards shifting your behavior.
The next time you find yourself off track, ask “Is this FOMO?”.
For further reading, The Easiest Way to Stay Motivated to Scrapbook offers a simple idea to help you foster real connection instead of using FOMO as an ineffective surrogate.
Does FOMO ever affect you?