One day (At A time) Off Social Media
It isn’t a surprise that increasingly we have begun to feel as if twenty four hours are just not enough to do everything that needs to be done. Thanks to the overwhelming dominance of social media in our everyday lives, achieving stable and sustainable productivity has become more of a problem than it has ever been.
Have a look at the following statistics by Social Media Today , depicting the average amount of time people spend on social media on a daily basis.
YouTube – 40 minutes
Facebook – 35 minutes
Snapchat – 25 minutes
Instagram – 15 minutes
Twitter – 1 minute
Most of us are on all or at least three of these platforms, and hence when the time spent on each of these platforms is cumulated, it comes to a little over three hours per day. And in a lifetime, the average looks something like 5 years and 4 months!
Apparently, according to the same platform which has done this research, one can fly to the moon and back 32 times, for the same time we spend on social media!
Well, whether or not flying to the moon and back is a measure of productivity for you, there are certainly other, more valid and productive things you can do if you make an effort to curtail the time you spend on social media.
Until we actually sit down to do the math, we may not even realize the amount of time we lose on these platforms. A good start to reclaiming your time and optimizing your productivity is by first being aware of how much time you really spend on social media on a daily basis. Thereafter, limiting or managing your time may become easier.
The best way to do it is to really just take it a day at a time. These things work more like New Year resolutions – where we start off with really tall expectations from ourselves, only to let no one but ourselves down. Instead of doing that, focus on making the most of your ‘present time’, by avoiding anything you would categorize as distractions. Every time you want to log on to one of the social media sites, check yourself and decide if you really need to, or if the work you have at hand is more important.
Spending less time or limited time on social media also enables you to live your life more real time, rather than virtually. Which, though may sound strange, is quite the case these days. In our frantic need to update statuses, stories, tweets and photographs, the real connects we share in life take a back seat. One day at a time, off social media, might be just the reset you need to regain your productivity, and life!