LIVING in a Social Media World.
I will be the first to say that this is something that I still struggle with. It isn't easy to seperate real life and social media life and I do think there needs to be a seperation. I have been managing social media for several months and with that I have gained skills in seperating the two. I want to share these tips with you to help you live a life where you are present. Please know that I think social media is a good thing, BUT too much of any good thing can be a bad thing. Here are a few tips on how to keep it a good thing.
1. Recognize behaviors in yourself.
Are you excited when you get a new follower? Do you feel pride with how many likes you got on that post? I know that I do these things. It took me a little while to realize that that is a bad thing. I never am the person that likes being the center of attention at a party but I definitely have had pride associated with social media. There is a thin line between confidence and pride so be careful of that slippery slope. There are a couple ways to combat these behavoirs. In Instagram, change your notification settings. You can make it so you rarely get notifications and that is a great way to get off of that instant gratification train. Take time to reflect and remind yourself when you see these behavoirs that it can all be taken away in a second. I mean you remember Vine and Vine Celebrities?! The biggest thing you can do for yourself is to not let the same things continue, do something different to stop it.
The biggest piece of advice I could give to anyone in this industry is to SHUT IT OFF. Being on social media continuously is bad for you and your relationships. Set a time where you shut off your phone everyday. Whether thats 5pm or 7pm or if you have 3 hours where you don't check it everynight. You need to be present and you owe it to yourself and the others around you to be present. Do not feel bad about shutting it off, life will go on and the world will not burst into flames because you don't respond at that very second. Taking time away from social media is positive for YOU and that means it will be positive for your Social Media growth as well.
3. Be efficient.
A couple ways to be more efficient is to set time limits and to preplan your posts. You need to set time limits for how much you interact and how much you scroll through social media. I know, I know.. interacting is extremely important for growth but it can only go so far. Don't spend more than 20 minutes on Instagram interacting with people, chances are after 20 minutes of it you won't be doing quality interactions anyway. Same for scrolling through, you could do this for hours but set limits for yourself.
Preplanning posts can be a God-send for busy Momma's who want to grow their influence. I have talked to Mom's that preplan their posts when kids are napping and that is an awesome idea and a great way to be present for your loved ones. If you preplan your posts it will take you less time to post than it would otherwise when you are in a panic to find something to post. It also helps with the quality of your postsing, so it's a win-win situation.
There are so many ways that you can LIVE in a social media world and these are just a few of them. If you have more ways that help you have a good balance, please comment below to share. We are all in this social media world together and the more sane each of us is.. the better it is for all of us! This is always a work in progress so don't feel guilty if you are on social media too much. Its kind of like the cookie on the counter that taunts us.. it takes practice saying no.