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 TimeThere 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 FollowI'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!