I think it’s fair to say that we spend a pretty hefty amount of time online these days and platforms like Instagram and Twitter aren’t always the positive and inspiring spaces we want them to be. But what do you do when you work in the industry and are struggling with the amount of time you need to spend online? I’m sharing some of the boundaries I’ve put in place since going freelance which are helping me to establish a healthier relationship with social media!
Utilise Scheduling Tools as much as possible
If you feel like you’re spending 24/7 on social media then scheduling platforms should become your new best friend. Not only do they mean that you’re able to plan content in advance but also reduce the amount of time you’re spending in-app so it’s a real win-win situation!
Whether you’re just posting to your own personal account or managing a whole host of clients platforms, scheduling can be a real lifesaver! No more hurridly scrolling through your camera roll on a Monday morning desperately trying to find a suitable image to post whilst picking out the same thirty hashtags you use every. single. time. Say hello to a brand new
Top tip: I’ve dabbled between using Buffer, Later and Planoly, all of which are all pretty similar, it’s just a case of giving them a try for yourself and choosing your
Limit Your Daily Usage
Hands up who has set a time limit on their phones for the amount of time they want to spend on social media per day and press ‘ignore limit’ every time that annoying little box pops up? Please tell me I’m not the only one…
If not, then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate! Is the time limit you have set realistic? Would it be better to extend it so you can actually abide by it?
At the moment I have my limit set to an hour which as you can imagine isn’t working out too well for me. Being a Social Media Manager means I don’t only have my own content to post but at least four other clients at a time so a more
Curate Your Following Feed
I’m sure when the concept behind Instagram was first dreamt up, the app was never meant to become the anxiety-inducing, comparison filled environment that it is now. Back in the early days, it wasn’t much more than a photo-sharing platform where you got a glimpse of what your
We’ve come a long way since then and with the birth of influencers the app has taken on a whole new life but at the end of the day, the one thing to remember is that you are in complete control over the content you are seeing. Be empowered to use that unfollow button whenever someone’s posts are no longer floating your boat. You are the curator of the content you see in your feed so make sure it’s entertaining, educating or inspiring you in some way. Cute puppy accounts are totally okay too…
Enforce Physical Boundaries
Everyone knows that you should have at least thirty minutes of scroll-free time before bed each night but when your phone is sat within arms reach on your bedside table it can be
As well as setting physiological boundaries with social media it’s also important to enforce physical boundaries as habits are learned over time and often we reach for our phones simply because they’re there. Removing them from eyesight means we are removing them from our thoughts and I’ve found this is particularly useful during the working day. I usually pop mine within my desk drawer so it’s there if I need to switch up my Spotify playlist or check some Instagram stats but it’s out of reach for any mindless scrolling!
Realise When it’s Time to Log Off
Whether this means on a daily basis when you’re starting to feel bogged down by the amount of content you’ve consumed or prolonged periods when you
It’s amazing how refreshed you can feel after a weekend of no-scrolling and often I find that a break from social media acts almost like a hard reset from my compulsive habits. Instead of obsessively reaching for my phone I’ll find myself reaching for a book which let’s face it provides much more satisfaction!
Do you struggle to create a healthy relationship with social media? What are some of the boundaries you’ve put in place for yourself?
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Photography by Ami Ford.