How to control social media usage outside of work
Social media is a double-edged sword. It can be the best way to connect with people, stay in touch with family and friends, or even make money. However, social media can also suck your time away like an addictive drug or a black hole. You may not be able to control how much time you spend on social media during work hours, but what about when you’re outside of work?
Here are some ways that will help you use less social media to improve mental health and productivity without feeling guilty.
There are a number of ways to control your social media usage outside work. It’s important to realise that social media can take up a lot of time. One way to manage this is by setting limits on when you use it. When you’re at home, for example, try leaving your phone in another room (or even better turn off the wifi). This will limit how much time you spend scrolling through Facebook or Instagram while relaxing on the couch with a drink in hand.
Companies like Facebook and Instagram offer a way to limit your daily time on the app. You can also do this by turning off notifications so that you’re not tempted to keep checking them throughout the day.
You could even try setting up various social media accounts for work, hobbies, family, friends etc. This will allow you to control what types of content you see at any given time without feeling overwhelmed when scrolling through everything in one account.
It may be helpful to set times during which social media is allowed – for example after dinner or while watching TV (or both!). This will help prevent addiction because there are still some hours of downtime where social media isn’t accessible.
It’s important to take a step back and think about whether something you’re posting is really worth the time it will take others to look at your social media post.
The more serious content may require a little bit of forethought before sharing as well – for example, if you are going through hard times yourself, have difficult family situations, etc., then this might not be appropriate to share with everyone in general, especially, because these things can often provoke other users into giving negative reactions or comments. It’s not always easy but one way around this is by setting up closed groups where only friends who know how tough it is can offer your support.
You could use the “do not disturb” feature and turn off notifications to be interrupted by every post that pops up in your timeline. You also might want to set aside specific times for checking social media instead of constantly doing it throughout the day. Maybe just once at lunchtime or after dinner when everyone else is winding down from their day – and then turning it all off before bed!
Here’s an idea: find friends offline, in the real world, who will listen to you without judgment and spend more time outside of the house – explore nature, go for walks, or take up gardening. Other hobbies are available.
Social media is a powerful marketing and communications tool, but it can also be an addictive time suck, especially if you use it outside of work too. Take stock of how you spend your time on social media and ask yourself if it’s a productive use of your precious time.
How much time do you spend on social media each week?