For a while now I have been trying to spend less time on social media and I have been loving doing that so far. In this blog, I want to talk about why I have decided to try to spend less time on social media and why I advise you to try to do that too.
Social media is something that can be great but can also have some negative effects on your life. Just like all things in life, the key is to find a good balance in the use of social media. By using it enough to get the benefits out of it and not using it too much so that it doesn’t hurt your daily life.
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Let’s see why it’s important to spend less time on social media and take a break from it from time to time.
- Spending less time on social media can help you to be more productive. Instead of spending hours just scrolling meaningless on your phone, you can get more work done while you are focused more on what you’re doing.
- You can spend more time on some self-care, get to know yourself, take care of yourself. The time you lose by just scrolling for hours, we can use on actually taking care of our selves.
- Increase your self-esteem and self-worth by spending less time comparing yourself to others you see on social media. Instead of looking at others their lives (that most of the time isn’t even really like that in real life) and putting those images as ‘goals’ for yourself, you can focus more on how awesome you are and bettering yourself for you and not for others.
- You can lower the bad effects of too much screen time has on your health.
- You can spend more quality with your loved ones around you.
- It can help you to be present and enjoy life more.
Spending less time on social media every day or taking a complete break for days can be very easy. You just need to find out what works for you.
Now let’s talk about some simple hacks that can help you to spend less time on social media. These are simple tips that can also help you when you want to take a complete break from social media.
1. Remove some apps
If you’re someone who has all the social media apps on their phone try removing some of them. If you don’t want to get rid of your account completely, keep it but only check those platforms on your PC from time to time.
This way your access to social media platforms is not so easy and can prevent you from constantly checking them.
2. Turn off certain notifications
I know the feeling of wanting to check all the notifications, maybe you’re like me and having too many notifications in your bar annoy you. That’s why I turn off most of my push notifications.
That way, I won’t be tempted to open my app to see what the notification is about. I only see the notifications when I open the app.
3. Time blocking
Another great way is to start time blocking. Make sure that you have certain parts of your day planned out for things you need to do for that day. Promise yourself not to check your phone in that time block that you are working or doing something else.
4. No longer than 1-2 hours on social media
Give yourself an amount of time that you are allowed to be on social media a day. It is up to you how long you want that to be.
You can also try not to be on social media after a certain time, for example, no more social media after 8 pm. You only check your important messages on your phone, chat with a friend, or make a call, but no more social media.
5. Put your phone away
Place your phone somewhere you can’t see it. I used to this when I was still a student.
I placed my phone in my bedroom while I was studying in my study. I placed it on silent on my bed so that I wouldn’t even hear it vibrate.
If you don’t see your phone, the temptation to grab it and scroll on it out of boredom is smaller.
Of course, you could still check those social media platforms on your laptop or tablet, but you can also lower that temptation by blocking those websites if you need that to build some discipline.
6. Phone on silence
If putting your phone away completely is a bit too drastic for you, maybe you need to be reachable, you can also just put your phone on silent.
Not hearing the notifications can also lower the temptation.
7. Read a book, watch a movie, puzzle, or write
If you are used to filling in your free time by scrolling through your social media, fill in your social media breaks with something fun, educational, relaxing, etc. Try reading a book, maybe watch a good movie, do a puzzle or write. Find out what works for you.
Now let’s say you need social media for your daily job. If you’re a blogger, a social media manager, an online business owner, or something else where you might need to be on social media almost every day and spend hours on there.
I get it, as a blogger and a Pinterest virtual assistant, I need to be on social media to promote my business and get information but also to stay up to date about the online life.
These are some tips that can help you to spend less time on social media even if you need social media to keep your business going:
1. Treat social media like your job
Try seeing being on social media as a big part of your job. Just like any other job, it’s not healthy to constantly keep thinking about it or be busy with it even after working hours, you need a break from it, no matter how much you love it.
You need to leave it behind at some part of the day and focus on other aspects of your life.
Try doing the same for this. After your working hours, get off of it and leave it for the next day.
2. Use social media for educational/work purposes only
Social media can be very helpful and useful. Try getting what you need out of it.
Ask your questions in your groups, post your post of the day, search what you need, and get off of it when you are done.
3. Use automating tools or hire a virtual assistant
We have so many ways to automate things on the internet nowadays, use those options. For example, I use Tailwind to automate all my pins for an entire week.
You can also use Tailwind to schedule your Instagram posts. Facebook also has an option to schedule your posts ahead, use it. And if you are able to, try hiring a social media manager.
4. Also, use time blocking to spend no longer than one hour on social media for non-work-related stuff
If you’d still like to catch up with your friends or just life on social media outside of work, give yourself a time limit to do so.
If it helps even put an alarm so that you don’t find yourself hours later still scrolling on Facebook.
And there you have it. 11 simple ways to spend less time on social media or take a break from social media. I hope these are helpful to you. If you have any other tips, I’d like to read about them so, feel free to leave them in the comments!