I’ve made a drastic change in my work habits in 2017. One of those changes has been to shut down all social media and get to work. I’ll check in on things in the morning, sometimes around lunch, and usually after work. During the rest of the day I’m dark and it is amazing what a difference it makes to my productivity. I swear I’m doing twice the work in half the time now.
There is no such thing as a quick check of Facebook, Twitter, or whatever social media you prefer. Five minutes turns into forty-five minutes without you even realizing it. Watch. Next time you try to check in quickly, set your timer and see how long it really is before you shut it off. Then imagine all the things you could have completed in those 45 minutes.
In addition to the time you spend actually on social media, the brain time extends well beyond when you shut it off. Forty-five minutes of Facebook, means you spend another 15 or so minutes trying to acclimatize yourself to the job at hand and, maybe longer to clear the headspace that is now being taken up by political rants, funny memes, or disgusting pictures of a broken foot.
I honestly didn’t think I could do it, but I can. I can get on Twitter, make my posts (or schedule many ahead of time), and stay off the rest of the day. I’m getting more done in other areas of my life (not just work) and I find I’m calmer for it.