I can’t believe social media has become such a huge part of our lives. I remember the days when I used to customize my MySpace page with graphics and music. And when I used to I talk about classes and parties on Facebook back in my college days (ya know, when Facebook was only for college students!). We don’t have MySpace anymore (did I delete my account yet?!) but, instead, we not only have Facebook but also Instagram, Instagram Stories (ugh), SnapChat, Pinterest, Twitter, what else?! Please Facebook, do NOT add Facebook Stories! That will just be too much to handle (anyone agree?). And, if you’re anything like me, you have multiple accounts and pages on all of these social media sites. I do this to separate my blog, Youtube, and business life from my personal life.
But it’s hard to keep up with it all. I’ve read several bloggers offering advice on this subject by setting up a schedule for posts on all of these social media. But I feel like I don’t even have enough going on in my life to post that much! Somedays, I’m so involved on social media that the entire day has gotten away from me. I meant to go food shopping, complete some chores, workout, and take Dominic to the park, but none of it happened. I watch as it begins to get dark in our house and realize the sun has set already. And we’re not even in Daylight Savings Time yet when the sun sets at 5pm! Not only am I unable to complete my daily routine but I’m unable to work on the blog and produce content for my Youtube channels because I was so immersed on social media the entire day! What sense does it make to grow my social media avenues but have no content to share on my blog and Youtube? So, I made the conscious decision to cut back on my daily social media time. I read some bloggers say to spend 15 minutes a day on social media but I have several pages so I increased it to 30 minutes. So 30 minutes to share content and socialize with other people. It is called social media after all. And that’s it! I can’t let myself become so consumed by it that it takes up my entire day. And to make sure I follow through with this I turned off my mobile notifications for my social media. Because we all know that we can’t help but look at the phone when we hear the ding!
At some point, you have to decide to live in the now. To be present. To see and appreciate all that is going on around you. To go to the park. To play with your kids. And to actually enjoy life instead of showing everyone how much you’re enjoying life. Enjoy you’re day everyone!