Rodrigo Franco
Sep 27, 2017 · 4 min read
Photo by Matt Artz

Social media is an addiction that can seriously affect the brain and distract you from what is important in life. This problem has been studied and proven multiple times. For example, the study “Online Social Networking and Mental Health” by Dr. Igor Pantic stated that online social networking has caused significant changes in human communication and that there is a chance that they cause serious psychological problems.

Is the solution to this danger just deleting all of your social media? Not in today’s modern world, it’s not. In fact, it is nearly impossible to live your life as a professional without some social media account. Whether you have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or LinkedIn, you are somewhat trapped in a cycle of use that may be worse for you than it is good.

This article will teach you how to interact with the social media mindfully and positively. Beyond that, it also has valuable information on following your own rules and making sure you stick to them.

By the way, consider trying out this process with just one of your social media sites to see how it works for you.

Stop The Information Push

The most frustrating thing about social media is the constant push of information it throws at you. Even if you aren’t at a computer all the time, your phone will get bombarded with updates, news stories and a lot of information that will stress you out and devastate your focus and peace of mind.

Remove the app from your device

I understand that this step might seem a little too harsh. Do you need to delete your social media app? Absolutely! It is the only way to stop this constant flow of information. And when I say remove the app, I also mean you should remove it from every single device. Take them off your cell phone, your iPad, and your computer. You’ll thank me later.

Block the website

Another step that may shock you is blocking the social media website from your internet browser. This should be done on all of your devices, including any laptops or desktop computers you own. Performing this step makes it impossible for you to get on your social media websites by impulse. Hacks like this can be hard to handle at first but are life changing after you get the system in place.

Setup a Catch-All Inbox

After performing these steps, it is a good idea to set up a catch-all inbox that gathers anything that you would have the urge to post over the day.

There are many simple programs that you can use for this process. My personal preference for this process is Captio, an iOS application that allows me to quickly emails myself simple notes with one tap.

Schedule your daily sessions

Put some time aside (add an event to your calendar) to do your social networking. Seriously, book some of your own time for that.

I like to do my social media session in the morning. There are many reasons for that. First of all, I’m naturally a morning person and just enjoy watching the sunrise. However, studies have shown that waking earlier in the day maximizes your ability to work and gives you the chance to get a lot more done.

Regardless of when you access your social media email, make sure that you set up a timer during your session. When the timer goes off, your social media time is over. If you have things left to post, just save them in emails or tabs in your browser and access them the next day.

Engage mindfully

Make sure that you get as much done as you can on social media before your time is up. You’ll be surprised how much you can do in such a short period.

However, I recommend using a delayed posting tool to schedule your posts throughout the day coherently and logically. Posting all at once looks weird and will drown out your posts. Spreading them out throughout the day will ensure that they are more likely to get spotted. I suggest using Buffer to schedule your posts.

There are many reasons I enjoy posting my articles in this way. First of all, it makes my account look more dynamic and alive. Rather than being a weird information dump at the beginning of the day, my followers can get the feeling that I am alive and actively engaging with social media in an exciting way.

Conclusion

I’ve been doing this for a couple of months and suffer from less stress and social media anxiety. I’m no longer checking my messages, looking at my profile, or trying to catch up with dozens of possible missed connections.

That said, there are still moments when I feel a tug of my old social media addiction or need to refocus on keeping my head out of it. While it is a work in progress, its one I am enjoying.

Hopefully, by using it in your life, you can decrease your stress level and become a happier and more successful person. As this process is free, there is no reason not to give it a shot.

Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

Rodrigo Franco

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Better Humans

Better Humans is a collection of the world's most trustworthy writing on human potential and self improvement by coaches, academics, and aggressive self-experimenters. Articles are based on deep personal experience, science, and research. No fluff, book reports, or listicles.

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