The title of this article really caught my attention. Social media has become such a huge part of our everyday lives and I think it is very important to know how to manage it. The article reports that the average American consumes 34 GB worth of content a day, including 100,000 words of information. This is unbelievable! The amount of information we access everyday can have numerous benefits, but it is easy to get caught up in Facebook and Twitter and realize half your day is gone and you got nothing accomplished. I know I’m guilty of this!
Consider these four tips to help manage social media:
1. “Know the external reflects the internal”: This means that we need to balance our internal (our bodies) such as taking a walk or visiting the gym before taking action in the external (the online social media world).
2. “Do one thing at a time”: Contrary to what you may have heard, research shows that multi tasking is detrimental. It is important to put all your attention on whatever you are doing at any given time to make sure the task gets done more efficiently.
3. “Invite instead of force”: Trying too hard on anything whether it be a school paper or finding friends on Facebook creates tension. “We cannot force these things, but we can invite them through a balanced, steady effort.”
4. “Know where you attention is most needed”: This means that it is important to stay mindful and ask yourself where your attention is most needed and then directing it there.
The article concludes by saying the amount of information available to us will likely increase. “The challenge of our time is to live connected and use all the great social media available to us, while at the same time harness and direct attention where it is most needed at any given time. After all, where we decide to put our attention is, essentially how we choose to spend our life.” I think this is a great reminder to us that it is important to sit back and assess how you live your daily life and what changes you can make to improve it. What do you think about these suggestions?