Have You Ever Had a Social Media Hangover?
Judith Guertin Posted in Getting Organized
Five things you can do today to start your recovery.
Have you ever gotten up in the morning with a social media hangover? You know, the feeling you get when you stayed up way too late, pinning, posting, liking, and sharing. What did those activities do to your productivity the next day? We all know how easy it is to get pulled in deeper and deeper into our favorite social sites. What you thought would be a five-minute quick “check-in” can turn into a several hour adventure. Like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland you find yourself chanting…I’m late, I’m late, for a very important date!
It is easy to understand, that after a late night on your tablet, smart phone or laptop that you are going to feel sluggish, cranky and unmotivated. You might even feel guilty and somewhat angry with yourself for getting into this situation.
So, what to do? It is important to remember that our brains crave new and novel things. You see something new and you just have to look at it. Some like to call it, “bright shiny object syndrome”. The online experience feeds that need for something new very well, which makes it very hard if not impossible to turn away. The good news is, it is not too late to stop overindulging. With a plan and the right tools, you can gain some digital sanity and preserve your personal productivity. You will be pleasantly surprised by how much you can achieve by following these simple steps.
- First, forgive yourself! You are not a bad person because you got carried away by social activities on the computer. We have all done it; we should try to be more aware of the time we do spend on social sites. If you really need to get things done, this is just one of the obstacles that you will have to address, so forgive yourself and move on.
- Make a new decision. Make sure the decision starts with “I Will”. I will spend only (your answer here) time on my social media per day. Get clear about your vision of how you will spend your on-line time, how long, and what time of day and on which activities. Include all your favorite games, social sites and online research and shopping sites. I am not saying you must stop using social sites, or the internet. What I am suggesting is that you make a plan for what you will do. If you have all the time in the world, then no worries, but if you find you are not doing what you need to, then it is time to do something different. Time to make a plan.
- Arm yourself with a timer! Some great options are the Time Timer®, the timer on your phone, and egg timer, an alarm clock, or whatever tool will alert you when the time you planned is up. Time Timer® is my personal favorite because it shows the passage of time as a disappearing slice of pie and as the end of your planned time gets closer the piece of pie gets smaller too. A quick glance is all you need to see how you are doing.
- Try using an app to keep you away from the sites that are the most difficult to ignore. Since the average American spends 31% of their waking hours on social media, we could all benefit from some tools to help us get back to work. So yes, there is an app…actually there are many apps that will help you pump the brakes on your social media habits and get more done. If you are on IOS try – Moment, or Block Social Media. Android users might want to try Off The Grid, or App Detox.
- Turn off as many notifications as possible. Getting derailed is often as simple as a ping on your phone or tablet while you are working at your desktop. Go into settings and choose which notifications you MUST have coming through. On your smartphone or even on your computer, simply click on the Airplane mode to silence the pings, rings and dings! Another way to not be distracted by notifications is to remove your phone or tablet from the area where you are working. Notifications on your computer can also be silenced by turning off the Wi-Fi connection on that device for a period of time.
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I wish you a productive day!