Spending too much time on Facebook? Do you go on Twitter to find out you’ve spent the last 10 minutes retweeting/favoriting tweets from celebrities and NOT working? I make a living out of social media marketing consultations with businesses and sometimes I personally want to take a break from all.
During the Holidays I read “Break Free From Social Media” by Julia Edelstein in January 2014’s Edition of Real Simple. Here are a couple of takeaways from the article.
Make Rules about how much time or where you will not be on Social Media. (i.e. while driving!)
Purchase an Alarm Clock: avoid using your phone to check on the time, it’s temping to check your Facebook alerts and get delayed in the morning!
Take a breather for a couple of days. I just did this during Christmas and it brought out some creativity about upcoming projects and I got to enjoy visiting (my) family.
Take some time to think before posting. Find out what your motive really is for posting that specific picture. Who are trying to impress?
Engage with that person offline! (Send a thank you note or call your friend who just announced her pregnancy vs. being the 100th person to “Like” her status update) They’ll appreciate it.
Apps and Settings: Block the internet from your phone with apps such as Freedom or Self Control. Adjust your alert settings on your phone to avoid getting interrupted.