This is something that EVERYONE has to deal with on a daily basis. Wasting precious time on social media sites.
Those are the ones that suck me in at least. Believe me, even just linking to those sites just now was a dangerous thing.
And not just when we get on our computers or laptops at home, thanks to smart phones, these time-sucks can tempt us at all hours of the day. Everywhere we take our phones.
Bloggers, or those who have business to promote online, are tempted even MORE. Why? Because we tell ourselves that we are "networking for the good of our (fill-in-the-blank)."
BUT all of a sudden we are frantically checking our phones every couple of minutes, updating statuses ALL THE TIME, and sometimes not getting things done that need to be done, like things on my to-do list for my "day off?". (PS I got all but two things done! yay!)
Whether you're in an office, on your feet all day or supposed to be studying or doing homework online, temptations are everywhere.
Since I am very aware that this is a flaw of mine and that just checking "one thing" will inevitably lead to wasted time on social media...I have figured out a couple of time-saving tactics that work for me, and hopefully you too!
Social media on the phone:
Do you REALLY need to be notified each and every time you get a tweet or Facebook notification?
If you don't, you can change your phone's settings to not buzz or make a noise for these social media sites. I know that Facebook will even let you change it so that you don't get notifications at all, but you can log onto Facebook to see what's up when you have a moment.
~And while you're at it, make a "bedtime" setting for your phone. Mine rings at the softest setting from a phone call, makes noise for my alarm, but does NOTHING ELSE. Because if someone really needs to get a hold of you in the middle of the night, they will call, not text or tweet you. I promise you can do it!~
So when do you check your social media on the phone since you aren't getting notifications?
- When you are on break at work.
- Between classes at school.
- AFTER dinner with a friend/spouse/boyfriend/girlfriend. Put your darn phone in your purse or where you and the people you are with can't see it. I am guilty of this too, but really, can't we wait a full hour to check our phones and spend some quality time with the people who are right in front of our faces?
|Pay attention to your friends like Katie and Calee|
- Or once an hour. Or once every two hours.
Social media on the computer/laptop:
The only way I've gotten this to work is to either use the time limit (like above) or the ultimate helper below.
If you are trying to get work done on the computer, you can set a timer, say 45 minutes or an hour and take a break to check your social media, get a snack, use the restroom, stretch your legs, etc. (It is good to step away from the screen once an hour.)
Leechblocker is an add-on for Firefox, so this will only be helpful if you have this internet browser, which, why not get it if it will help save you time?
It is also a free add-on..yay for that!
Here are the sites I have "blocked" settings for:
- Blogger.com (this is where I write/edit posts, check stats, and do behind-the-scene things)
- My blog site (my actual site semihealthyblog.com. I found out that blogger.com and my site actually needed two separate blocks)
- Picmonkey.com (where I edit photos..yes, I can get caught up for HOURS playing with different effects)
Once you have figured out the six sites that tempt you the most, there are two ways you can set up the "blocks."
- The site can be blocked after a certain number of minutes within a certain period of time. For example I have Facebook set up to be blocked after 30 minutes within four hours.
- You can set the site to be blocked during certain hours of the day. I have all of mine set to be blocked between 11pm and 6am since I find that late-night internet surfing often interferes with sleep. I can also be sucked in a lot more easily during this time, can anyone relate? I still have twitter on my phone, so I do check my feed out during my bedtime snack, but once I'm in bed, the phone gets set down.
And when you've spent too much time, you are blocked! Leechblocked!
Sometimes I get annoyed when I'm blocked, and you will have to play with the amount of time that works for you, but more often I think, "Yep, that needed to happen." You can still go back and re-set the amount of time that can be spent on a site if you REALLY needed to get something done, but I've tried very hard not to do that.
I hope these tips helped you! I know that social media can be a wonderful thing. I've met some of my best friends through blogging and social media.
But when it prevents you from getting work done, or affects personal relationships with people in front of you, that's when you need to set up some boundaries.
*~Amanda aka Semi-Health Nut~*
How about you? Do you have a way of preventing social media from taking over? Or should you start to monitor this more closely?
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