How To Stay Connected Without Wasting Time On Social Media
How To Stay Connected Without Wasting Time On Social Media If you’re looking for ways to avoid getting sucked into social media and wasting time, try the tips below. Set Daily Goals. Get in a Routine. Breaks for email, text, and social media should all be scheduled. Use Time Blocking. Set timers. Eliminate the Distraction. Shut Off Notifications or Log Out. Remove Apps Completely.
Set Daily Goals
Social media is a different animal than traditional forms of media, in that there are always new ways to reach audiences. While you should never stop doing your old “offline” activities, make sure that you set daily goals to avoid falling into social media overuse. For example, if you started reading the paper every morning but you just started subscribing to social media for your news, you’ll never get back into that good habit of reading the paper. Instead, set weekly, monthly, and quarterly goals for social media and keep yourself on task to finish them. This is also helpful if you find that you are spending too much time on social media because you have low self-control.
Get in a Routine
This is one of the best things you can do to decrease time wasted on social media. To set up a daily routine, start by having a one-minute goal for your social media time. For example, set a goal to spend 30 minutes on social media, but give yourself 30 seconds for each social media site you’re using. You can schedule social media time as you normally would, including for your lunch break or before bed. Get in a Routine With this goal in mind, make a to-do list for each day of the week with what you’d like to accomplish on that day. Decide how long you want your day to be and break it up into 15-minute blocks of time. You could accomplish the goal in five minutes, or you could take longer if you have the time.
Schedule Email, Text, and Social Media Breaks
Setting strict times for checking email, social media, or instant messaging can go a long way toward creating balance and preventing distractions. The less time you spend on these platforms, the less tempted you’ll be to slide into old habits. Do the same thing for communicating with your colleagues as you would with coworkers you see daily or weekly. If you see someone once a week, see them for 15 minutes when you meet up for coffee and ask a quick question. Set aside 15-30 minutes every day or once every two days to respond to emails, write a quick text message or check social media. Just because it’s quick doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done. Putting time aside every day will force you to reflect on your conversations and think about what’s next on your to-do list.
Use Time Blocking
This isn’t one of the ways you can’t have your phone with you at all times but it’s an opportunity to truly focus on something else. It can take up a lot of your time and you might not be thinking about your work as much as you should be. When a work task is due you can put it in a block and tell yourself that until it’s done, your phone can only be used for another work task. Similarly, if you are away from your desk for extended periods of time, keep an app running that reminds you to check-in and make sure you’re working on something and stay connected. Don’t Use Social Media You know social media is bad, but the truth is, we can’t live without it. What if you told yourself that you can only check social media once an hour?
Set a timer for each task you’re going to complete during the day. Depending on the size of your to-do list, setting a timer will help you stay on task. Social Media is Your Virtual Cup of Coffee Social media is a nice way to touch base with friends and loved ones, but it’s becoming one of the biggest time wasters out there. By following some simple strategies, you’ll be able to stay connected without wasting time on social media. Set Daily Goals You can’t be productive if you don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish. Set daily goals for all your social media activity. Write down what you’ll be doing, when you’ll be doing it, and how much time you want to spend on each. If your goal is to “check Facebook,” write it down and stick to it.
Eliminate the Distraction
• Write down on a post-it note to check a certain website, app, or social media account before a certain time of the day. (Post-its are cheap and easy to have around.) • Use timers to turn off social media, email, and messaging apps when needed. • Block certain apps or apps from going through. • Have another person read the post-it notes on your phone or computer and go on with their day. Schedule Email, Text, and Social Media Break • Put up a big calendar at home and set an alarm for certain times of the day. Put your phone on vibrate or silent mode to be able to hear the alarm and know when it goes off. • Have email and social media accounts turned off during these time periods. • Put social media on pause while in class or in meetings.
Shut Off Notifications or Log Out
Maybe you don’t use social media to plan your day, check your calendar, shop for the latest movies or eat dinner with the kids. You may use it to listen to music or get new recipes, so you can buy more cookbooks or take more classes. Or maybe you use it to plan your weekend or make travel plans. Maybe you use it to stay connected with family or friends. Whatever it is, these things are distractions. Distractions prevent us from accomplishing what we set out to accomplish. You can’t be productive if you’re glued to your phone or tablet. No one will hire you if you can’t answer a phone call. No one will ask for a relationship when you’re checking Facebook. No one will trust you if you’re always checking Instagram. No one will want to hire you if you spend all day checking in on LinkedIn.
Remove Apps Completely
The basic rule is that you can’t just ‘fire’ your phone if you’ve fallen behind on the habit of checking it. So first, consider what programs are running in the background — apps like email, social media apps, texting apps, GPS, and others. If you want to stop, you have to first figure out how to get them to stop running, either by deleting the app entirely or shutting it down (even just one tap will turn it off). Once you’re able to accomplish that, then you can start blocking apps. This is a great opportunity to also create a backup method if you want to have a physical copy of certain apps if you can’t delete them or want to remember them. Block Apps Open the app drawer and tap the three dots in the upper right-hand corner. Now tap on the gear icon, then tap ‘Settings.