I’m not ready to give up social media yet.
A few years ago, platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter really changed the way I communicate with my co-workers, friends, and family.
In his writing career in particular, Twitter has made a big change because they can share links to articles and connect with readers. I also relied heavily on Facebook messages and groups to help me follow colleagues. I also use LinkedIn on a daily basis, mostly as a way to keep up with business trends.
Still, as the years go by, I’ve noticed how hard it is to find something useful on social media. I “move through destiny” like everyone else, although I am also aware of the problem and usually stop after a short time. I see other people promoting scrolling as well and it reminds me of how we all waste time.
Fortunately, I found a solution.
As with everything that entices and attracts us like a fish, social media provides the illusion of productivity. You are constantly moving because your brain likes to stay active. We also like to look for things that seem unattainable.
Unfortunately, this “illusion of elusiveness” is what makes these platforms so hard to give up and stifle. I’m not saying we should separate them completely, but I strongly advocate a daily routine to help you manage usage.
Here is the basic idea behind my approach:
Instead of scrolling through doom, I recommend setting the countdown to seven minutes, either on the phone or with the stopwatch you carry with you. That time frame of seven minutes is important. It’s about how long most of us can stay focused on a task before we need a break. I recently discovered that there is also an exact time frame that radio hosts will talk to or play music before giving a new comment on the air.
Okay, check your feeds on social media for two or three minutes, browsing a bit here and there. Post your update in a few minutes. Finally, think about what you have learned and what you have achieved. When you get to the end of seven minutes, stop what you’re doing. Close the application and stop browsing the feed. By timing this activity and ending on time, you control the movement of the doom.
More importantly, it sets a pattern of behavior and helps you form a habit. You are aware of how time passes and then you become a person who is more intentional with your time. A short routine in which you check social media for just seven minutes teaches you to keep your focus on other areas of life as well (like checking email or browsing the web). It’s similar to how a basic morning routine like brushing your teeth sets up a good hygiene routine. Similarly, when you get in your car, always put on your seat belt first and adjust the mirrors.
Good habits are like most of us stay productive.
I once followed a basic diary routine and in the morning, which taught me to think about what I want to achieve that day. It’s amazing how routines create habits that then turn into good productivity.
You may have known this was coming, but here’s my challenge for you if you’re struggling to shift destiny on social media: Try your social media routine today only once or twice. Do not try to achieve a high goal of monitoring the use of social networks and do not leave the platforms. But try to set a time and check the bills in just seven minutes. When you’re done, hang up your phone and don’t check the feeds again for a few hours. It’s a simple, easy way to stop moving deadly cards.
I’m really curious if this approach works for you and if it helps you focus on other things during the day. If you accept me of this challenge, send me an email directly. I would love to talk to you about whether this worked and even report on who accepted the challenge and why. Also, keep up to date with my book on productivity. You will find more routines like the one I described.