That is the question I was left with after watching a Ted Talk about a person who does not have social media. We are talking no Facebook, no Instagram, no Twitter and god knows what else is out there for us to online socialize over. Now my personal relationship with social media is one of hate and love however I do have accounts on some of them. I just do not use them as frequently as would be judged as ‘’normal’’ for my age.
Everything he says in the video makes perfect sense. While super occupied with what others are doing, you are not busy with your own stuff. You know those things that you had planned to do? Those that now have to be done at a much later hour? Exactly those activities I mean. There is one thing he says that is strikingly true and has gotten tattooed on my brain.
‘’I am usually done with my work by 5.00 PM.’’
– Dr. Cal Newport.
My natural response would be to say that you then have lots of time left to work on other things. You always keep going, always try to outwork yourself. However that has all the potential to leave you not well rested for the next super productive day. That brings me to the question stated above. ‘’What do you do all day?’’
‘’What do you do all day?’’
Better said; How much time do you spend aimlessly scrolling through feeds? Is it helping you with your goals and dreams? Do you feel better afterwards? If the last two questions were answered with a no, then I have another question for you. This is a recurring question actually. ‘’Why do you do it?’’ If the question ‘’Is it helping with your goals and dreams?’’ was answered with a yes then I have some things that have helped me that might help you:
Social Media Management Tips & Tricks:
- Post whatever it is you need to post and log off. Having the extra task of having to log back in makes an extra hurdle which will hopefully make you not go for a ‘’quick’’ scroll.
- Having interactions with others? I plan the hours when I respond. Which is approximately three times a day. Morning 9 AM, Midday 12.00/13.00 PM and at night around 19.00 PM.
- Just using it for fun? Again plan hours where you go for a little scroll. Logging off is also a good one for the same reasons stated above.
- Turn off notifications. I have almost all notifications turned off on my phone. The thing bleeping, buzzing or ringing for every little thing drives me crazy. Not knowing means you basically have no reason to go check. There is nothing there to distract you from doing what needs to be done.
I myself use social media off and on but there is one thing that never changes, the notifications are turned off. It sure has helped me make sure that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.