By Josh Kohlbach, CEO and founder of Rymera Web Co, the makers of Wholesale Suite, the No. 1 WooCommerce wholesale solution.
We all love social media. No matter how hard we try, it’s impossible to resist our temptation to scroll through our feeds every now and then. And why not? After all, it gives you a sneak peek into the world without even stepping out of your door.
But, there’s the added pressure of staying up to date with the latest trends and the need to compulsively post about every little thing and let the world know what’s happening in your life. And not in just one platform but across different platforms. For that, you have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Whatsapp and so many others to take care of.
But simply posting isn’t enough. You also need to reply to the comments you get on your posts, engage with other posts to get more engagement in yours and do so much more. By the time you’re done, you realize that you’ve spent more than half of the day liking, posting and commenting on social media.
Now, you think it’s time to start working on your most important project. But then, you keep wondering how many likes you might have received. You try not to check, but the urge is too strong to resist. So you give in.
After a while, you’re done. But it’s 5 p.m. already, and you have a deadline the very next day. So you end up staying up all night to complete your task. And because of that, you spend the following day cranky, unproductive and sleepy.
This is just an example. There are likely many other instances when social media kills your productivity and affects you in other ways.
If you want to end this vicious cycle, it’s time for you to beat social media distractions to stay productive and boost your creativity. Here are a few ways you can try out to combat your social media addiction.
Create a distraction-free zone.
Social media is extremely engaging, which makes it distracting too. And it’s difficult to stay away from it. But you can stop yourself from indulging in any social media activities by creating a distraction-free zone for yourself.
All you have to do is to keep your phone away from this zone and resist the temptation to break away from this area. This can be difficult in the beginning. But you can manage it with a little bit of practice. You don’t have to do it for the entire day. Just try doing it for two to three hours a day and see what difference it makes.
Use a social media blocker.
It’s tempting to open multiple tabs while working, one of which is solely dedicated to social media. And you end up spending hours scrolling through it without even realizing how quickly the time went by.
If you don’t want that to happen, try using a social media blocker. These blockers come in the form of extensions, so when you add them to your browser, they block all social media from opening even if you try logging in.
You can also set timers for these blockers. For example, if you set it at 15 minutes, it makes sure that you are denied access to any social platform for those 15 minutes. After that, you can log in for five minutes or so before it blocks it again.
Turn off notifications.
It’s difficult not to check your phone when you hear that beep. So why not turn off your social media notifications entirely to stop them from distracting you? That way, you won’t even know if you have a notification or a message in your inbox. It’s a great way to beat social media distractions and regain productivity.
Set a schedule for checking social media.
Social media can be distracting, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use it at all. You’re only trying to beat the distraction it’s causing, not banish it entirely. So it’s OK if you can use it within limits.
A good way of doing that is to set a schedule for checking social media. Stop scrolling through your feed randomly during your working hours. Instead, choose a particular time for it. You can pick any time after working hours or when you’re taking a break or not doing anything productive. This will ensure that you’re using it without affecting your daily routine and keep you entertained too.
Most of us are addicted to social media. It’s a great way of overcoming boredom and keeping in touch with friends and family you don’t meet with often. But using it to the extent that it affects your personal and professional life can be problematic. This doesn’t mean that you’ll ban it entirely. Instead, learn how to contain your usage. The above points can help you do that super effectively, so try them out and see if you can beat your social media distractions.