This topic has been on my mind for a week now as it hit me just how much social media has effect my life. So with a fresh cup of coffee in hand I thought I'd talk a little about my life as a social media mom; the good and the bad. Social media is a great place. I mean look at the things that are happening because of social media alone. Amazing talents has been found and has become well known or even famous and then some not so talented people as well. I love to use social media as a learning tool as well. You have so much information at your finger tips.
I'm a social media mom, I spend a lot of time on the Internet surfing the web, scrolling through Instagram, watching videos on YouTube, reading blogs and networking. Social media has helped me open up and show a side of myself that I would only show to very close friends and family. I actually have a channel on YouTube it's a rather small channel. But even with my small channel I've had to step outside my comfort zone to produce quality content. To share myself with strangers and then go on other platform to network and share myself there as well.
To be quite frank with you social media can become an addiction without even realizing, sadly it happen to me. I found my self getting so wrapped up in social media. Worrying about Instagram aesthetic, and not missing any post from those I follow. Unfortunately it got worse I was so busy looking at other people lives. Wishing I could get my pictures like this or my YouTube like that. That I would spend hours on social media looking for inspiration while the kids were at school but would actually never disconnect. That by the time it was time to pick the kids up from school my whole day was just about gone. I was no longer living my life instead I was glued to my laptop or phone. I didn't know how to disconnect and soon enough I no longer felt like myself, I was no longer living my life and I started to feel depressed.
It took me two weeks to figure out what the heck was wrong with me. Needless to say it was the kids who helped me overcome. Which then made me realize that I wasn't really fully living in the moment, I wasn't actually letting life happen but instead was trying to make every moment a pretty Instagram picture. If that makes any sense. Both of my kids are in school now which caused boredom for this mama bear so I turned to social media throughout the week. Which at times over flowed into my everyday life.
Does this make me a bad mom not even close. Will I or have I stopped social media all together of course not. But I have learn to balance my social media life and my daily life. I have given myself time limits. Because while my little ones are at school it's important for me to actually live so that it doesn't over flow into anything else in my daily life.
A Few Tips On How I Balance Being A Social Media Mom.
I Start My Mornings Phone/Laptop Free
When I woke up in the morning it's usually an hour or so before the kids. Which helps gather myself before the crazy morning begins. I take this time to jot down my thoughts, any ideas and To-Lists.
I Use A Planner/Notebook
I finally started using a planner and all the notebooks I've been collecting. I use a planner to schedule out my day. Which really has helped organize and make my days go by smooth. I don't find myself feeling like there's no much to do but never enough time.
I Plan For Different Days by Setting Time Limts
This goes hand in hand with the planner but I set times on how much I allow myself to get wrap up in social media and on what days. If I know I'm going to be sitting down to write a blog post, filming and or networking them I set out those days.
Treat It Like A 9-5 With Days Off
Since both of my kids are in school I can actually treat blogging, filming and or network like a 9-5 (more like 7-3). I make sure that what I need to do is done before it's time to pick the kids up from school. I'm also try to be social media free on the weekend I usually get on to post on IG or upload a Sunday vlog.
Have a Separate Space For Blogging/Filming
Sometime even with all the planing and setting time limits I listen to what my mind and body needs. If I start to feel like I'v been on the computer for too long that day or I need to just disconnect. I simply remove myself from that area, out of site out of mind. I'll focus on something that will get my body moving and or that will take my mind off of it all.