As a blogger, sourcing ideas from different places across social media like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to name a few, is a daily routine for me. I find inspiration when I read through interesting content, see engaging posts with relevant photos, and watch videos that were created to captivate the attention of certain audiences. These all give me ideas on what I could possibly work on next.
However, as great and as powerful as social media is, it still has a down side. It can become addicting. It’s easy to get caught up in scrolling from one post to another, watching a video here, checking out a new suggested page there, and then before you know it, more time than you wanted to has past, and you’re stuck having wasted that time on essentially nothing productive. We have all been there.
Here are some tips and tricks to help keep you from falling into the time wasting social media vortex.
Don’t respond to every notification that pops up on your phone. This means you have to be selective when it comes to replying to messages or giving feedback. Situations where you have friends frequently asking you questions about places to visit, food recipes, dresses for parties, etc. you do not have to respond to all. It is not a good use of your time. People that post often and have huge followings don’t even keep track of who is commenting on their posts and engaging.
You can also turn off app notifications. By doing this, you remove the temptation and the possible distraction is no longer a constant reminder that pops up. We’ve all had notifications pop up when working, eating, sleeping and even driving. When you turn off app notifications, it can help improve your attention span and increase productivity during working hours, because you’re focused and not distracted. Simply put, turn those notifications off, or snooze them when you’re busy working on a certain task.
Set a time limit for a particular duration or period of time you can spend on electronic devices. Do not let checking social media become something that completely consumes your day. It’s tempting to check things when you’re taking a break between projects, and once again you open the doorway to the time wasting social media vortex. Instead try walking around, talking with someone, playing with your kids or going to get a drink somewhere.
Look for ways to interact with people away from social media. Don’t be fooled by all the pretty pictures of houses and perfectly clean kitchens, or the endless perfect daily routines for busy moms. Social media is mainly used to share pictures and give brief updates, which don’t always portray the whole story, and when it comes to you sharing important things in your life with people that you care about, there is no better way to do so, than by having a face to face discussion.
Meetup is also another great program you can use to interact with someone that has common interests as you. It is a paid online service where users self-organize into groups to connect, socialize and learn with the opportunity to organize events.