Practical Ways to Beat Your Social Media Addiction

Social media apps such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have profoundly changed how we think, communicate, and socialize. According to TeamLease World of Work Report, an average of 2.35 hours is spent accessing social media during work hours every day, and 13% of total productivity is lost due to social media indulgence. So, how do you deal with social media addiction during the workday? In this article at Lifehack, Aleksandra Slijepcevic explains how to eliminate social media addiction during productive work hours.

Managing Social Media Use

One of the challenges that COVID-19 has brought is constant updates, and many people are repeatedly searching for news throughout the day. Additionally, people are checking in with family and friends on social media. However, constantly checking for updates will undoubtedly hinder your efforts to get your actual work done.

How should you manage social media use so that you can work more effectively and stay focused, productive, and on track?

Track Your Usage

Most procrastination sessions start as a short break in between tasks. ‘Just a few minutes’ can turn into half an hour. If you are not sure how much of your social media usage affects your productivity, try tracking your usage of various platforms. Set a limit for your time spent on social media, stick to it, or use an app that blocks social media after hitting your limit.

Schedule Time for Social Media

Create schedules by prioritizing your work projects and meetings. Block out times on your calendar that you will commit to focused project work. Approach social media more like a reward for accomplishing your task than letting it permeate your entire day.

Consider Social Media Breaks

Your digital detox or hiatus can be a day without social media distractions. Taking a planned break from ‘checking’ behavior will help you complete your work without the constant urge to see what someone else is doing.

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