What is the key to balancing social media?

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”~Nelson Mandela, S. African statesman

Yesterday, I was reminded why I dis-Like Facebook: I spend too much d@=# time on it.

I have a social media schedule, one that continues to evolve. For now, Facebook is scheduled twice a week: Tuesdays and Fridays to post on my author page, as well as an optional Sunday post there or on my personal page. Yesterday was Tuesday, so after writing a status update where I contemplated my YouTube channel, I decided to look at my notifications and message and updates.

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Haiku Horizons #128: theme is the “key” of life

I stared at the world earth icon. I have 68 notifications? What the h-e-double-hockey-sticks? That’s why I keep getting those mobile notifications like Monday’s “You have 99 new notifications, 23 group updates and 1 message” alert. By the way, 99 is the max number that FB will alert you of. I know I had more than that. If they went to three digits, I guess their servers would explode. Perhaps FB thinks that if you have 99 notifications, you better hurry over there before your life implodes.

Anyway, I wanted to clear that mess up, and before I knew it, I had been commenting and scrolling and Liking for 45 minutes. Geez, what did I just let happen?

I didn’t set a timer; alarms work well for me. I didn’t keep a focus; I let myself wander aimlessly through posts. I didn’t look at my to-do list; my planner sat across the table. I offered myself no incentives, like “Look at one final post and then you can reheat your coffee.” Maybe it was cool to be a part of all my friends’ worlds again. Maybe I was unmotivated or distracted. Maybe I wanted to ignore something. Probably all three.

What is it that locks me out? What have you found your key to?

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2 Responses to What is the key to balancing social media?

  1. Rowena says:

    I am as good at time management as I am with navigation. Indeed, I’m sure getting lost in time must correlate to spatial difficulties.
    Thanks for reminding me about the alarm. Need to get onto that.
    Hope you have a good weekend.
    xx Rowena

    • I think getting lost in time is either moving too slowly (or fast) or just overall overwhelmed with the busy life we live. Alarms remind me that it’s time to do something else, or at least notice that I’m still doing what I’m doing. I hope alarms will help you; we need all that we can get! 🙂

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