In general, I am a big advocate of social media. As long as you use it the right way. For me, the right way of using social media is to use it as a tool for connection. Not distraction. In this article I will explain you how to use social media to your advantage.
Align social media with your goals
Just like surrounding yourself with the right people to achieve your goals, you can also surround your social media around that. Align your social media with your goals.
How? Follow people that inspire you to do better. Focus on positivity. Cut the people out of your list that are negative and pessimistic. Create a social media feed that is supportive and constructive. Not destructive.
Find people who achieved what you want to achieve. Follow them. Engage with them. And most of all: try to reverse engineer them. How did they achieve the thing you want to achieve? Which factors came to play? Implement them into your own life.
Use social media as inspiration
There are a lot of awesome pages and people on social media. For example, there can be people that you look up to or lifestyles you would like to live yourself.
Use social media as a tool for inspiration: something that gives you ideas or helps you out if you are stuck in your creative process.
But, do not use it as your daily source of motivation. Seeking for motivation on social media will get you into rabbit holes of watching video after video of motivational speakers or your idols. Which will result in a huge waste of time. Instead, motivate yourself by knowing your why. Why are you working towards the thing you want to achieve?
Focus on positivity
One of the downsides of social media, is that it can be negative. Especially when you engage with content that is negative, because the algorithms keep showing you that kind of content.
You should be aware of what content you engage with. Focus on positive content. Content that provides you value. Do not focus on negative or silly things that only affect your mood in a bad way.
Besides that, there is not only negative content, but also negative people. They are usually projecting something over the internet towards you which they do not like about themselves. Ignore them. Move on.
When you use Social Media, focus on the positive. Engage with the positive content. Connect with the positive people. Ignore all the negative.
Use social media to connect
One of the greatest things about social media is that you can connect with people easily. Use that to your advantage. Do not only connect with your family and friends, but also connect with other people. People that inspire you to do better. Or people that you can bring value to.
Connecting on social media can be really effective: you can change a big part of your surroundings even though you do it digitally. You should try it.
Create your own community
When we look at the data we can see that most people tend to focus on following people and consuming content while they are not creating their own following and content. Sure, it is fun to get new followers and ‘follow for follow’ that person you just met. But you are leaving a lot on the table by only doing that.
The powerful thing about social media is that you can create your own community. You can create a community around everything you want to. Love talking about new tech? Start a tech page. Love sharing your thoughts on new Netflix Shows? Start a page about Netflix Shows. Or maybe you even want to build your own personal brand? Build it. It is all possible.
Instead of following or joining a community, a movement, you can create your own. Engage with the people you want to engage with. Surround yourself with the people that share your interest. Create your own community.
I wrote another blog post about becoming a leader and starting your own community. You can check it out by clicking on the following link:
Use social media in planned time-blocks
As I said before, I am a huge fan of social media. In general. There are only a few things that I do not like about it. One of them is that a lot of people get way too attached and addicted to it.
However, it is in your total control of how attached and addicted you get to social media. So, maybe the blame is not on social media. But on the person who has ones temptations not under control.
Still, the apps are created to grab your attention and hold it as long as possible. So, what is the fix to that? Try to plan out time-blocks where you are allowed to use social media in. Outside of those time-blocks, you are not allowed to touch the apps.
A wise thing to do is to have a restriction on social media the first hour of the morning and the last hour of the day.
If you start your day with consuming content on social media, it will clutter your mind. It will give you a look into the ‘perfect life’ which others are living, while you are still feeling groggy. This makes you feel like you are already 2 steps behind the next person. Do not check your social media first thing in the morning. Focus on yourself first.
The same thing about the last hour of day: social media will clutter your mind. If you go through tons of content before you go to bed, your mind will be way too active. Besides that, blue lights (screens) decrease your sleep quality. Put that phone away the last hour of the day.
My advice would be to at least stick to those two restrictions. Then, plan a few time-blocks a day where you are allowed to use social media. Stick to those time-blocks. This way you will be way more focused throughout the day.
What does social media mean to you?
A question worth asking yourself: “What does social media mean to me?”
Just like every other thing in life, you need to be aware of what something means to you. If you do not know what something means to you, you are not optimizing what you can, or want to, get out of it.
Write down what social media means to you and why you are going to keep using it. Or you might even come to the conclusion that you are going to stop using it.
The most important thing is that you find out what social media means to you. Then, go from there. Read all the tips of this article again and apply what works for you.