Do you find yourself checking social media more often than you should? You’re not alone!
Believe it or not, studies have shown that social media can be more addicting than alcohol or cigarettes. I know; it blew my mind, too.
Why Social Media Is So Addicting
We’re drawn to share ourselves and to connect with others. Social media taps into those impulses, giving us instant feedback and interactions. The “Likes,” the follows, the new posts and unexpected messages all work together to activate feel-good hormones that make social media feel rewarding.
Why Social Media Hurts Productivity
Of course, social media is still a double-edged sword. As many bloggers and business owners knows, it can be too easy to “check in” on a favorite platform and lose hours from the day.
Plus, when social media interrupts our work flow, it stunts our productivity. For example, a study from the University of California Irvine found that when a person is interrupted, it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back on task.
How To Manage Your Social Media Habits
What’s a hard-working solopreneur supposed to do?
You need to get things done for your business, but you also depend on social media to connect with your audience and your peers, and promote your work.
If you’re social media habits are hurting your productivity, but you can’t quit social media altogether, try any of these 20 tips to help you reduce social media distractions.
20 Ways to Take Control of Your Social Media Addiction
- Disable browser notifications for all your social media platforms.
- Disable email notifications for all of your social media platforms.
- Disable push notifications on your phone for all social media platforms.
- Turn off the auto-login feature on each platform so it’s just that much more inconvenient to sign in.
- Delete social media apps from your phone.
- Set aside time every day to check your social media, guilt-free.
- Take a weekend wifi break with a hike or day trip to a wifi-free place.
- Take a workday wifi break by working in a park, library, or other wifi-free place.
- Use software like Anti-Social or RescueTime to block social media websites for a set period of time every day.
- Store your devices in a closet (or other inconvenient place) when you’re spending time with friends and family.
- Unfollow people so you have less to look at when you’re on social media.
- Reward yourself with a non-tech treat (New book? Fancy office supplies? Dinner out?) if you don’t log on to social media during your core work hours for a week.
- Challenge a friend to stay off social media with you for a day to help you both reset.
- Make a public announcement on your social media platforms to say that you are taking a break from social media, and ask your friends and followers to hold you accountable.
- Communicate with friends and family via phone or email, instead of messaging them through social media.
- Ask friends and family to communicate with you via phone or email, instead of through social media.
- Don’t use your phone as an alarm (get a real alarm clock!), so you won’t be compelled to check social media first thing in the morning.
- Find a new hobby. (Many of us check social media when we’re bored.)
- Set a limit on the number of posts you can share each week. With fewer posts, you’ll be less likely to sign on to see who responded.
- Delete your profile from the platform you use the least.
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