According to Oberlo There are 3.5 billion social media users worldwide.
Facebook is the most popular social media platform.
Users spend an average of 3 hours per day on social networks and messaging.
These stats are amazing and show that social media has become a part of our lives and it impacts our day to day routine.
But this popularity of social media brought a type of addiction called Social Media addiction.
That was the story with me. I used to be a social media addict.
Back in the day, I was very keen to pull out my phone under the pillow and start scrolling on Facebook.
Pretty bad. ( Yeah I know ).
But this behaviour was killing my productivity.
From morning to evening, my scrolling was going on without any stop.
I was not doing any business on Facebook or Twitter. In fact, I don’t even have that many followers that I can brag about.😄
Then, someday I started to realize that I was becoming an addict of social media and this thing could destroy my work and productivity.
I was ignoring my family and some real friends around me.
I started to look out for some help and found some really awesome methods and tools to control my social media addiction.
Today, I am less social ( as I always was ) digitally. I still use social media but now I have more control over the time that I spend on social media.
Here, I will show you some of the methods that helped me in my social media addiction and will help you to stay organized, more productive and less social.
Use Social Hour
This method is pretty useful for me. I spend a complete hour on social media every day.
I have fixed an hour for me to use social media ( for you it may be half social hour or 2 social hours ).
But, the thing is I use this hour as a reward for my long day work routine.
This helps me to focus on the important things and then do whatever I want to do in that one hour.
Of course, this doesn’t include sharing and promoting my own content on social media.
That is also a part of my work.
Here, I am talking about just scrolling and commenting and tweeting about something.
Select an hour from your day ( Preferably in the evening ) and postponed all your scrolling and commenting till this hour.
Don’t select that hour in the morning or late at night.
Social Free Sunday
When you will use social media for 1 hour/day for six days of the week, these are six hours of social media in a week.
Take a break from this streak and spend more time with your friends and family on social free Sunday.
You can plan about a trip with your friends or family.
You can complete your office work or watch your favourite show on T.V.
You can do so many important things in these 24 hours.
Just use an app like Block to schedule an automatic block of unwanted social apps on a specific time.
Don’t Put Social Icons on Homescreen
This trick is very simple.
Every time you pull out your phone and unlock it. You see social apps on your home screen with a red number on top of it.
You click on the icon and that’s where the problem starts.
You start using the app and forget about the real thing for which you opened your phone.
Just don’t put social icons on your home screen.
Turn off Notifications
The same thing happens when you receive a push notification from a social media app.
You click on the notification to see how liked your photo recently😊 and then you never come back.
Turnoff notifications for these apps in your phone’s settings.
If you are likely to receive some important notifications that you don’t want to miss, that’s okay.
But, if you don’t want to see a notification for every single friend request you receive.
You can just mute these notifications.
Follow Limited Content on Social Media
If you want to limit your social media usage, you have to limit your followings and preferences.
For this purpose just do these things:
- Do not accept friend requests from unknown people.
- Remove any unknown person from your list.
- Follow only your favourite brands and meaningful content on social media.
This will also help you to break your social media addiction.
Develop a Hobby
A good hobby is a great thing to replace a bad habit.
Start something new and productive in your excessive hours of social media usage and stick to it for long enough.
Try reading a novel or a book. Do gardening. Take part in volunteer activities.
By doing these things, you can not only break your habit but also engage with some real people and that is good for your mental health also.
Block App Usage at Specific Times of Day
Are you an early worker like me??
Do you love to work in the morning?
If yes, then social media usage can really damage your productivity.
Block the usage of these apps in your hours of work and work with more productivity.
Just go to play store or app store in your phone and Install Stay Focused – App Block & Website Block
Select from different modes according to your choice.
By default, normal mode is activated but you can also select Lock Mode and Strict Mode.
Select all the apps and websites you want to reduce the usage.
Select from different ranges of block configurations.
Configure the days and block limit. Set the days limit for which your previous settings will work.
See your usage stats and top used apps to get an idea about where you spend your most of the time.
Make Your To-Do List of the Day
Create your To-Do List of the day and take a look at your list every morning.
In fact, I used to create my To- Do List for the next day before going to bed.
This will help you to realize what important tasks you will be doing all day.
Use Google Tasks app to create your tasks and integrate them with your Gmail or Google Calendar.
These are the few things that helped me to get out of social media addiction and pay attention to things that are really important.
Try these and tell me which method you found more useful.