Do you find yourself like most people spending on average 60 minutes or even more on Facebook or other social media platforms? If you are ‘’chasing Pokemon’’ well then this article can’t help you anymore, lol! On the premise that like most people you opt to stop this addiction I’d like to share with you my own Social Media (SM) diet.
The causes of spending excessive amounts of time on the social media platforms starts from escapism, killing time in a fun way, keeping up with friends and ends up with ‘’business purposes’’.
Bottom line regardless of the reasons most of us end up consuming SM time the same way we are when we munch on M&M (we simply can’t stop).
Both are addictive and defective. Similarly to a person who looks for help to lose weight I want to share 5 tips to implement a SM diet.
1. Post and go.
Most of you must have an online presence, which is understandable. Hence apply rule number one: Post and go! If you use your Facebook account for personal purposes simply write your post and sign out. And if you are an entrepreneur, blogger or artist do the same, post and go. Ideally you want to assign a certain amount of time for your posting and stick with it.
2. We are our habits.
Replace logging on Facebbok with another more useful website. Or listen to your favorite audio book, read what interests you and simply uplift your skills. If you have developed the urge to ‘’check on others’’- or else said look into your neighbors’ backyard refocus on you. By constantly reading about others our brains can’t stop comparing which is the worst thing you can do to your creative mind. Subconscious comparison is the thief of your creativity and self esteem.
3. Reframing – excessively connected on SM means you are disconnected from your passion.
Tell me how much time you spend on social media and I will tell you where you will be 5 years from now. My bet is that those who choose to excessively waste their precious lifetime on SM are no longer in touch with their passions. And that is your cue to take action. My advice is to get really honest with yourself and either take control over your time or you will grow into an addict.
4. A wealth of information means a poverty of attention.
Imagine you juggle 2 watermelons. It can be challenging but doable. Now try adding few more. At the prospect of juggling them you will naturally smash them. I feel that the same principle is applied when we try to multitask on social media. With no doubt there is so much that we can read and learn from each others’ posts and articles. However if we try to load on to much we won’t be able to focus.
5. Run your way out of the social media vortex.
Last but not least I couldn’t share with you a diet without advising you to exercise as well. As you well know exercising regularly increases your endorphins, regulates your metabolism, elevates the serotonin levels and will help you maintain a healthy mind in a healthy body. Changes are you will get more clarity and fired up to accomplish more outside the social media vortex.
I hope this has been useful and if you know anyone who could benefit from the points above share it with them.