Let’s be real here. How many times in a day do you check your phone for social media notifications? Do you find yourself constantly scrolling through your timeline for hours, just hoping to find something juicy? Well, while this may seem like something everyone is doing, it can be a real time waster. In addition, spending too much time online is likely to leave you feeling sad and depressed about your own life as compared to other people’s ‘glamourous’ lives on social media. So what can you do? Here are some ways you can unplug from social media and take back control.
Set a social media schedule
You really don’t want to find yourself spending more than five hours a day on social media. Even if it’s for business, it helps to have a schedule so that you have time to do other things. Add it to your calendar and use this time to get the really important stuff done.
Remove the instant notifications option
Most times you may not even be thinking about social media until your phone chimes and you know a notification has come in. You can resist the temptation of always checking your phone by disabling notifications. This will allow you to concentrate on other things and check up on social media when you’re ready.
Keep technology away from the bedroom
Have you ever gone to sleep but found yourself still awake hours later just mindlessly scrolling through your phone? If so, then this one’s for you! Keep your phones, laptops and all types of screens away from your bedroom as much as you can. You’ll sleep better and be more healthy, so win-win.
Stay present in the moment
Social media has created a culture of competitiveness, where everyone wants to be the first person to post a picture or video about something. This means that people are no longer simply just enjoying things as they happen, but are instead always on their phones hoping to capture the perfect shot. If you really want to unplug, keep your phone away the next time something big is happening and just enjoy the moment.
Is your phone always in your hand or pocket? Maybe you sit in front of a computer for hours just looking through your social media. Leave that all behind and just go outside. Smell the roses, eat some food, talk to other people…. Seeing new things will likely spark your creativity and your body will love the exercise.