The Social Media Detox
The Social Media Detox!!!
Ok, so I’m sure you have heard of a detox before because they are very popular. The definition of detox is “a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.”
I recently listened to a Podcast of a woman who was addicted to social media. It started affecting her life and keeping her from being able to hold a job or spend time with her family.
She had to take drastic measures to cut herself off. She blocked herself from being able to get on any social media network from her computer and she even purchased an old flip phone!
Now, I am not saying you or I are addicted, but with being an entrepreneur and owning a Social Media company I know I am probably on Social Media more than I should be, even for business!
So, I have The Social Media Detox plan for you (and myself)! This can be used as often as you’d like. I recommend at least once a month.
- Decide which day you will start the detox and for how long. Some people may need 1 day off and some may need 5 days.
- Get prepared! Don’t start any type of detox without being prepared. Decide if you are going cold turkey or just limiting your time on social media. For an example let’s say you are only allowing yourself 1 hour per day on social media. Decide what is the most important use of your time and time block. Maybe you will spend 10 minutes responding to posts in your group or business page. 20 minutes in your top 3 groups doing your social networking. 30 minutes on Instagram and Pinterest and then you are done.
- Get the Ad Blocker Pro Google Chrome Extension to eliminate all Ads or just the right column on Facebook. If you are like me you may have the shiny ball syndrome and get distracted rather easy.
- During your Detox, I recommend only allowing yourself to use social media on 1 device so you don’t get tempted. Log out of all social media accounts on your phone and tablet.
- Schedule other important things in the time you would usually spend on social media. Maybe you want to go to the gym, spa, read or listen to an audio book or nap! Whatever it is put it on your schedule so you are not twiddling your thumbs.
- If you have the ability to hire someone during your Detox to answer inquiries and keep your posts flowing I think this would be worth the investment.
- Get rid of other Apps on your phone you don’t use and leave the Facebook groups you don’t ever go into.
- For the groups you are staying in, I suggest turning off notifications either while on the Detox or for good. Too many notifications can be a major distraction.
I would love to hear feedback on how your experience with The Social Media Detox goes. Also, if you have any other ideas to add to my list feel free to comment. As always, feel free to share my blog if you enjoy them. Cheers, to The Social Media Detox!!!