Social media is amazing! In my last post, you can read it here. I talked a lot about the cons of social media but that would be unfair to social media and to you.
There are so many advantages that social media brings us. Social media allows us to see the world, to connect with people, get exposed and also to learn! Social media is a great place to unwind and laugh. I really enjoy the Twitter memes and funny videos on Instagram and Facebook is a personal favourite for me because it allows me to engage with a lot of useful content that helps my personal, career and spiritual growth.
On Facebook, I get to participate community with really amazing people and thought leaders that I would ordinarily not to have met and to learn a lot through webinars, online classes, conferences and training.
Sometimes, okay most times having a single story is a dangerous place to be. Social media allows you to have many perspectives of the world. To see the world through the eyes of others.
When I am in more of a serious mood and I am looking to learn more about political happenings and advocacy, I stroll into twitter. Twitter is my serious social network. I like to watch out for Donald Trump’s tweets (lol).
YouTube is where I learn everything from how to cook Jollof rice to what is jurisprudence or the world’s most obese people or how to draw my eyebrows in 2 seconds or how to rock public speaking presentations.
These different social network sites learn different things to us and they have helped us in different ways. So social network is not a curse.
The best part of it is that it allows a voice and a platform. Not only to take from it but also to give it to it and not just give to a platform but actually give to people. Be a blessing to our world. It also helps us build a brand and do business.
But sometimes we find ourselves caught on the wrong side of it, the ‘ I am living for the applause side of it’ or just living for ‘Insta-Perfect’ moments and missing out on the real-life ones. I wrote about that in my last post, you can catch up here.
How do you deal with social media pressure fever or social media taking so much of your time? Here is how I have been dealing:
Understand the cons and the pros of social media for you personally. Like this is what I gain and this is how it’s not helping it, take time out to actually evaluate. When you get a good judgment of this, we are much closer to finding a solution.
The problem lies in that we dot spend so much personal time with ourselves ( sometimes because there is somewhere to scroll to every time we pick up the phone).
- GET A GOAL OR OBJECTIVE
This is the question of why do I go to social media. What do I hope to gain and how do I intend to
- THE ‘D’ WORK
This is discipline. It’s not my favorite word but I am working on it. Discipline necessarily isn’t what someone does to you but what you choose to do to your self. This in his form is actually learning to say NO to the phone.
Your hands are itching to scroll or social media but you say NO. We would do something else right now.
What I have been doing lately on social media is setting a time goal for social media. Every day I don’t want to spend more than 30 minute on social media, So I hop in quickly and scroll through. Send in few messages, check up on people, write a few comments and exit the building! Or come back later, I usually divide this time into smaller time frames so its 5 minutes here and there.
What works for you might be different so find your rhythm.
- HAVE ANOTHER ‘TO DO’ OTHER THAN SOCIAL MEDIA
There are other interesting things to do other than social media, sometimes we forget this. Like the read a book! If you are not a hard copy kind of person why not PDF on your phone? Read a book, reading is still super helpful!
Instead of being bored, plan other activities like volunteering to help when you have free time on your hands.
And other times, try hanging with yourself without your phone, just getting to know you, or sometimes just brainstorming and critical thinking.
Find other activities that also move you forward and participate in them!