So this morning I woke up and the first thing I did was roll over and pick up my phone. I then proceeded to scroll through social media and refresh my inbox and before I knew it, over an hour had gone by. And then it hit me. I do this EVERY SINGLE DAY. I’m so intrigued by what I may have missed while I was asleep that I feel as though I MUST catch up on social media. Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest have become such a big part of my life. But why?
I often feel the need to ‘disappear’ for a few days. No social media, no emails. Just me and my thoughts. Now while I’ve done this several times before and It’s benefited me so much, I can’t get myself to do it now. Now that my blog is growing and my social media presence is more important than ever, I can’t fathom the idea of falling off the grid for even a day. Who will upload to my blog? Who will post content to Instagram for my followers to engage with? Who will respond to emails?
It’s almost as though I’ve become brainwashed to believe that I NEED all of those apps on my phone. When is it too much? We all know that balance is everything but I find myself trapped in the world of refreshing Instagram whenever I have a spare minute.
I recently started paying attention to my screen time report on my phone and would you believe that I spend an average of 6 hrs and 45 mins on my phone every day? That’s crazy!
Are you addicted to social media?
Are you too realizing that you spend wayyyy too much time on your phone? Please tell me that I’m not alone. Let me know in the comments.
Curbing the social media addiction
Within the last few days, I’ve been trying to put the phone down and really be more present in the moment. However, I’ve just found myself grabbing my laptop and catching up on WordPress to make up for the lack of social media. But I guess that’s work rather than leisure right? So It’s not so bad.
I’ve also moved the mail app on my phone into a folder so it’s out of sight and less easy to acess. And this has worked! I now check my inbox signoificantly less than before.
Social media isn’t all bad
Often times we hate on social media and although it has brought about various negative aspects, it also has its positives. Social media gives us a voice and a platform to speak on. It’s the quickest and easiest way to get information out there. And not to mention the opportunities that it brings about for influencers. I’ve been witness to so many instances where social media has provided a meaningful career path for persons and has allowed them to ditch that 9 to 5 job and pursue their passions.
How to create balance as a creative/influencer
As someone whose ‘job’ is social media, it can be tricky to log off and fall off the grid for a bit. However, It’s oh so important to have balance. Maybe set a timer on your social media apps so it tells you when you’ve crossed the limit (set by you) for the day.
Maybe pick up a book or write instead of scrolling through Instagram. Only using social media when it’s necessary for work makes all the difference.
Now I’m not saying don’t scroll because let’s be real. It’s so important to stay abreast of all the trends and to see what others are talking about when in this industry. But everything in moderation.
So give it a try. And let me know how it goes!
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