Scheduling Social Media
Social media is something I have a bit of an issue with. It moves way too fast for my schedule and often when I see something on the news feed and come back to look for it, I can’t find it under the piles and piles of other more recent stuff. I also don’t like the way it acts like a vortex sucking me in as I plan to look at one thing but then get clicking on different things that catch my eye. I often end up on a tangent looking at stupid things like men pretending to dive into frozen swimming pools, or sad and tragic things about children that going away at my mind for days afterwards.
However, I realise that using social media is one of the best ways to connect with Mums who Study and as such we have a great group going on Facebook which is slowly growing. It is such a joy for me to watch Mums posting questions or comments and then seeing the support and suggestions coming back from other mums.
So how to harness the good of social media without falling down the rabbit hole?
Schedule Social Media time
A great suggestion, and also one of the most obvious or simple ideas, is to schedule social media time. If you have a business or some reason to be monitoring social media all hours of the day, then this obviously doesn’t apply to you but if -like me – you want to use it to enhance your connection with other people then you really need to put some boundaries around its use.
Scheduling means you decide what times of the day you are going to look at it, or post, or tweet or whatever you do on Instagram and all the other platforms that I have no idea about, and then stick to a time limit.
Social media should add value to your life and activities. It should not rule you.
I find it very difficult when I see a message or a post I am tagged in not to reply straight away because I still think of it like ‘conversation’ – it is rude not to respond. This same idea applies to text messages. However, this would mean I am constantly checking Facebook or glued to my phone. I simply do not want that kind of life.
I negotiate this conflict by scheduling time to check Facebook and my phone and emails. I figure if it is an emergency someone would call my phone and I would hear that.
So I plan to just keep writing here at my kitchen table on my laptop and posting it on the website. I ignore the emails I get from different sources encouraging me to market the site better and boost my posts or cross link my content with blah blah blah. If you want to read this I am sure you will find it and if you do read and know someone who might like to read it, please do pass on the details to them. I would rather spend my time writing content than promoting it via social media. I really believe in the purpose of what I am trying to do here so I trust the marketing and the promotion and so on will take care of itself.
If you feel as though constant checking of your phone or Facebook etc. is turning you into it’s slave, then I encourage you to make a firm social media schedule and stick to it. You will be amazed at what you can get done with all that extra time and mental capacity.
Plus, you might even feel better about life when you stop looking at things like this (see, these are the places I end up with all my click click clicking!)