These are my top five tips for managing your social media use so you don’t go mental being online;

  • Only open the page if you are finished what you came online to do. Got a post or email to write? Leave the browser shut until it’s done. It’ll save you checking facebook and coming out 5 hours later wondering where the heck your day went.
  • Use an egg timer or alarm to mark browsing/posting/interacting time. If you want to keep to a daily schedule this is a great idea. I set an alarm for half way through my allotted time. This gives you time to reassess and move faster if you’re running out of time.
  • Only use the platforms that appeal to you. And to some degree your readers. I prefer Facebook and Twitter. My readers do too. But because they are my favourites I enjoy the time spent there, it’s not ‘work’.
  • But secure your blog/personal name across all platforms. If you look for me anywhere {I think, there’s probably new stuff that I haven’t found yet} just search for sugercoatit and there I am. If you tag me on Instagram and post it to twitter. There I am in both places. Easy and saves confusion.
  • Walk away. Sometimes you need to log off and leave it be. The world won’t end. People won’t forget you. Time will continue to exist. And it will give you a sanity break. Sometimes in the big old world of social media it can feel a little haves vs have nots. If you start to buy into that conversation, it’s time to log off and get some perspective.

  • Lucy

    Couldn’t agree more…xx

  • Deb @ Home life simplified

    Great advice – the one i need to work on is closing the browser when i am meant to be doing things like writing posts. Also I am TRYING to check email only a few times a day (starting today – wish me luck) instead of constantly. I tend to get sidetracked by emails and lose my flow.

    • Good luck! You’ll find the other stuff will fly out the door without the distraction.

  • “Walk away”.
    Yes, that’s good advice.
    Right now I need to walk away and get myself to bed.
    Sleeping on the keyboard does nothing for the complexion….

  • Mrs Catch

    Great advice. I never thought of all the other sites for names.

    • Thanks. It really just means it’s there when you need it. IF you want it.

  • loulou

    Miss Suger,
    Well said.
    Lovely concise info and no waffle.
    Particularly love point number 5 I do it more and more these days.
    We don’t talk to our best friends or family everyday – there is no need to talk to everyone on twitter or Facebook everyday either.

    Have a wonderful day,

    loulou, hereiamloulou blog 

    x

    • Haha. I WAS trying to make it fast and easy to read so you all could switch off. 😉

  • oh my goodness- I NEED an egg timer!! Where has the night gone?!?!

    • Ha! Well, you did cook a seafood chowder from scratch. 😉