5 Online Resolutions for 2017
We decided that in 2017 it’s time to look at our online habits. Now, don’t get us wrong - we love social media. It can be a fantastic way of connecting. But we all know it can also be addictive if it’s not used in a way that is healthy.
With many Influencers taking social media ‘blackouts’ and Nike’s innovative 2017 advert ‘Time is Precious’, it certainly is time we tackle our online addiction head-on and make sure we’re using online technology in a way that is good for us. It’s all about moderation.
So here are five simple steps you can use to help manage your time online and keep the social in social media.
1. Get an alarm clock
This was a tip we picked up from Mark Shaylar at his DO Lectures lunch during Bristol Social Media Week. If you use an alarm clock to wake up instead of your phone you immediately increase your ‘wake to screen’ time and give yourself some crucial headspace from the online noise in the morning. It’s such a simple and effective idea. We’ll definitely be trying it.
2. Technology blackout two hours before bed
This has a similar thought process behind it as getting an alarm clock. The before bed blackout gives your mind time to unwind before sleep. It’s also great to ban screens from mealtimes as this means you can be more mindful of what you’re eating and enjoy conversations with family and friends more. It’s important to put time into real connections as well as online ones. You can’t listen fully if you’re looking at your screen and it’s been proved that dividing your attention in this way makes you worse at concentrating. So instead, turn off your phone and put it out of sight. Make eye contact. Engage. Listen. Have rules if it helps: if you’re out in a restaurant make the person who looks at their screen first pay for everyone’s meals. Whatever it takes - protect your offline time.
3. Delete apps from phones
Let’s get serious - you don’t need Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp, messages, emails… That’s so many different means of communicating and so many different platforms to manage no wonder you’re feeling frazzled! Try deleting some of these apps, or at least muting message alerts and slimline-ing your social media. Choose the channels you find most enjoyable and delete the others. Leave emails if you absolutely have to but better still delete them off your phone so you are forced to only look at them at specific times of day. Knowing what you need to reply to all the time just adds stress, not efficiency.
4. Be disciplined with your time online
Again, this ties in with the previous point. Give yourself allocated time slots to use certain apps or check news updates. When that time is up, stop. Remind yourself that: self-discipline is power. You’ll be amazed at the effect proving to yourself that you have this willpower has on the rest of your life. It will feed into all sorts of other avenues of your life you never would have imagined and it will empower you.
5. Keep meeting up
Even if it feels like you can have a conversation via email or phone or even text - it’s not the same. There is so much to be gained from face-to-face connections, not only professionally but personally. Arrange to meet up where possible and avoid email chains like the plague - everyone hates them!
So there you have it. Our five ideas for keeping healthy in 2017. None of these ideas are groundbreaking - you’re not giving up bread (heaven forbid) or being forced to take up ballroom dancing. But we think it’s fair to say that if you follow these simple steps they could change your life. Take the online pledge with us and see if it makes a difference for you.