28% of our time spent online is spent on social media. (Adweek) A lot of folks got rid of social media for Lent because it’s a distraction. Some are getting avoiding it because of information overload.
I’ve tried avoiding social media, but it’s basically impossible to do when you’re a social media manager. Instead of quitting cold turkey, I’m adjusting my approach to make the time I do spend on social media more effective and enjoyable.
Unfollow/Unfriend: Stay away from the people who constantly cause you to roll your eyes while scrolling. Example: “Friends” from high school, old people with a lot of typos and kids who aren’t old enough to go to the movies alone? No. Nah. Nope. Gotta go. For your own sanity, you have to unfollow the friend who breaks up with their boo once a week, and sends obvious subliminal messages, only to be madly in love the next day. The loved ones who only gossip, and feed off of celebrity drama? Yup, they gotta go too.
Tip: If you want to avoid the “why aren’t we Facebook friends?” drama, unfollow them instead. They still think you’re friends, and you don’t have to see their updates. Everybody wins!
Be Positive: Don’t be a bully, and stop fighting fire with fire. I’m not going to pretend like I don’t love a good, occasional clapback, but a line has to be drawn. Instead of bashing what you hate, share the positive things you love. This can be hard with all the fake politicians and undercover racists lurking around, but it’s okay to be the bigger person. Example: Instead of making fun of other religious beliefs, share posts about why you love the religion you practice. Don’t confuse this with sharing posts telling followers why you THINK your religion is better than theirs.
Unplug: Sometimes the best way to manage your social media intake is by simply putting your phone down. It won’t stop people from voicing the opinions no one asked them for, and it won’t stop bad things from happening, but it does give your brain a break. Tips: Delete the apps from your phone to make your accounts less accessible. Also try sticking to a schedule. Set aside an hour aside strictly for social media, instead of spending every free second scrolling and liking. Email any interesting posts or videos to yourself, so you won’t have to go back on social media to find them.
Personally, I like to meditate before responding to texts or checking my email/social media accounts. You have to clear your mind before letting so many opinions into your mental space. When I’m really on my A-Game, I write a list of goals or tasks I need to accomplish for the day before using my phone. If you’re looking for a few activities to add to your morning routine, other than checking your phone, check out this XO Necole article.
Follow Like Minded People/Brands: After you unfollow the toxic people, you’re going to need new entertainment on your newsfeed and timelines. Follow people you admire, not envy. Be influenced by people actually living in their purpose, not the folks just posting sparkly inspirational quotes. Example: One of my goals for 2016 is to learn more about chakras, so, I started to follow more spiritual women who practice meditation. (These women are also making money off what they’re good at and love, which is a bonus!)
What do you do when you need a social media break? Do you stick to a social media schedule? Let’s chat in the comments, or tweet me!