Limit Your Social Media Time – Set a Timer
Depending on your age, you either grew up with a screen in your hand or clearly recall life before electronics. Most current parents are likely to set screen-time limits for their kiddos. As adults, nearly everyone is engaged in some form of social media, and it tends to take up a disproportionate amount of time.
Social media can be a time suck. It is a distraction from reality and a deterrent to productivity; yet, it’s a valuable resource. Walking the thin line between social media and focused work is the key to a well-balanced relationship with your screen.
The urban dictionary lists the term phubbing as “the practice of ignoring one’s companion or companions in order to pay attention to one’s phone or other mobile device.” This detachment from human interaction in favor of our screens is not healthy.
The most straightforward solution for limiting screen time is to set a timer or be aware of usage. For those who don’t have that sort of personal discipline, there are third-party ways to metaphorically smack that screen out of view.
There’s an app for that: Find an app that helps you digitally detox from your device. There are apps that help you set limits and stick to them by shutting down designated social media sites at preset times. There are also apps that simply alert you when you have spent too much time gazing at your screen.
Adopt the Pomodoro Method: The Pomodoro method aka the Tomato Timer is based on a theory developed by Francesco Cirillo. Work or tasks are broken down into 25 minute intervals with breaks in between. This can be an effective way to use screen time wisely while completing important tasks.
Delete Social media apps on your phone: If your smartphone is the screen time vampire, consider deleting social media apps from your phone entirely. Having to use your computer or tablet to view social media can keep you present in the company of others and help you move through the day faster and more efficiently.
For work or social connection, social media is a lifeline. That lifeline begins to whither when it distracts you from having a life. Setting time limits is an effective way to have the best of what social media was designed for, as well as off-screen real-world experiences. Set a timer and enjoy a healthy dose of screen time and the great outdoors.