7 Tips to Balance Social Media

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Are you the person behind your company’s social media accounts? Do you also happen to have your own personal accounts ? Do you find yourself struggling to balance both so much that you always find yourself online ?

If you look up social media use online, there are a lot of opinions floating around.

What happens when you spend the majority or even some of your 9-5 life on social media? How do you balance it?

It can be hard to find a balance between your personal and professional life (and not just with social media!). You might find yourself feeling the brunt of looking at specific views of people’s lives all day on a screen.

Here are 7 tips on how to find some social media balance in your life:

  1. Figure out what you’re trying to accomplish. Why do you want balance? Why do you want to limit how much time you’re on social media? What exactly do you want?
  2. Start tracking how long you’re on social media professionally and personally.
  3. Limit your social media time. Once you’ve determined how much time you typically spend on social media, decide what your goal is for the amount of time you want to be on it. It might be hard to limit it professionally, but you can definitely create some limits personally. Is there a perfect number? Who knows! It’s different for each person. Find something that works for you! Some ideas: One day each week of no social media. No social media before bed. Only get on social media during breakfast. Limit of 30 minutes to one hour per day.
  4. Once you’ve determined your time frames. Set a timer or find a way to track it.
  5. Vary your feeds. Try to make sure that your personal feeds and professional feeds aren’t exactly the same. You don’t want to look at the same exact things when you’re not working (it will still feel like work). Maybe you enjoy things that are work related? It’s fine to include them in your personal feed just make sure to spice it up.  
  6. Change the settings for your social media apps. You can limit your notifications. You can even make sure that your social media apps are on wifi only- it makes you think about it when you mindlessly click on the apps.
  7. Put the social media away. If you’re working on a task, don’t let social media be a distraction. Try not the have the apps or the webpage open. You can save a lot of time by not letting it distract you from your to do lists or life!

These are just a few tips! What are some things that you use to balance social media in your life?

Sources:

  • https://www.forbes.com/sites/womensmedia/2017/01/16/take-these-actions-if-you-want-to-balance-life-and-social-media/2/#1b91cc7d7715
  • https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/are-you-spending-too-much-time-on-social-media-0428