3 Ways To Prioritize Your Time | Alyssa J Freitas: 3 Ways To Prioritize Your Time

March 23, 2017

3 Ways To Prioritize Your Time

I'm working on a project for one of my classes where my group is conducting a survey. We asked our participants to estimate how much time they spend on social media. Since the project is not complete yet I won't be sharing any results, but it really got me thinking about how much time I dedicate to my phone.
Click to read now or pin to save for later! Do you find social media takes over too much of your time? Or maybe you hop on here and there without realizing how much it ends up costing you. Here are three ways to reduce your social media usage and re-prioritize your time
From checking Instagram whenever my mind begins to wander, to my nightly viewing of YouTube subscriptions, I'm beginning to realize how much time social media collectively takes up in my day. As a lover of productivity and focusing on tasks that provide the highest value, I began to realize that social media was infringing much more than I would like. Unfortunately this isn't a new revelation; in fact, I've blogged about how to avoid time wasters before but it has crept its way back into my life. Whenever I am facing a challenge, blogging about it is my way of improving and I am guessing that some of you face this productivity trouble too! Here are some ways I've worked to address it that will help you out too :)

01. Designate Time

There is not a single part of me that wants to cut social media out completely. I still derive value from perusing Twitter and scrolling through Pinterest, but I can get the same enjoyment (and get a lot more work done) if it is designated to certain times of day.

Try to figure out when you experience a lull and use it as a break. Maybe right after lunch it's hard for you to get back into work, so set aside 15 minutes to take a look. I used to open up my social media right when I woke up, but now I am saving that for slow morning weekends and instead springing right out of bed during the week.

02. Minimize Who You Follow

I've posted about social media minimalism before and how to consume media consciously, but it's so important that it warrants repeating! I find that when I open Instagram I like to look at it until I get to the last post I saw. That means that the more people I follow the longer I will need to have the app open until I am "done." Does anyone else feel that way? Therefore, the less people you follow the less time you will spend looking through new content!

03. Know Your Purpose

There are a lot of great reasons to spend time on social media: gather inspiration, escape into a daydream, keep up with your favorite influencers and friends. But there are also some pretty bad reasons to be tied to your phone: comparing your life to others, using social media as a yard stick, constantly checking to see how many likes you get for validation. When you use social media for good purposes it will not become an imposition on your life and you will not be addicted to it. That's why it makes sense to continually evaluate and know your purpose so that you can make sure you are getting the most good out of your time!

There you have it, 3 ways to prioritize your time and fight against the pull of social media. Check out other productivity posts here, here, and here!

Do you have any advice on this topic? Anything that you find particularly tough?


-AJF
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