I spend more time on Instagram than a lot of things in my life and I know I’m not the only one.
A strong 80% of my screen time is spent scrolling through it and it’s the first app I open every morning. I’m not proud of either of those things which is why I’ve been making an effort recently to spend less time on Instagram.
That can definitely be a challenge when both my full-time and freelance jobs require me to spend at least some time on it every day. The key here is in the title though. I’m trying. I’ve got a long way to go but I am spending less time than I once did on the grid. If you’re interested in making a conscious effort to do the same, here are the changes I’ve been making.
Setting time limits
First thing’s first, I’ve set a time limit. I’ve given myself an hour each day which really isn’t a lot, between the two jobs I need to use it for. I’ll confess that I have ignored the reminder a couple of times but in general, I’m pretty good at giving Instagram up once I’m told to.
More than anything, I’ve found the limit really useful in terms of awareness. It makes you realise just how quickly you can waste your time scrolling aimlessly on social media. Some days I’ve rationed pretty well and only reach the ‘5 minutes remaining’ reminder as I’m binge-watching old episodes of Love Island in the evening. Others, it’s 10 am and I’m already there. Being more aware of my consumption helps me to analyse my habits and when I’m likely to reach for my phone which helps me get a hold on my use of it.
Using my personal account
Until recently I hadn’t used my personal account in years. It’s a mixture of photos with friends, holiday snaps and, of course, food but once I started using Instagram for my business, it fell by the waist side. I’ve recently rediscovered it though and am really enjoying using it as an archive of memories I enjoy looking back on. That does mean I’m splitting my time between two accounts and so not really cutting down in the typical sense but I am limiting how much I use it just for mindless scrolling by being more intentional. Now I’m either connecting with people through my business or documenting my adventures rather than just browsing for the sake of browsing.
Allocating time slots
I’ve always been a ‘post in the morning’ kind of girl. It’s when my audience is online as it’s also when I’m most productive so it works for me. It’s something I’m trying to stick to in terms of limiting my screen time too. Posting and catching up with people in the morning and avoiding Instagram in the evening is something I’m making a conscious effort to do to cut down on the time I’m spending there. That doesn’t mean I’m not prone to the old scroll in the afternoons or evenings, just that in general I make mornings Instagram time in an effort not to spend all day on it.
Are you making an effort to spend less time on Instagram? How’s it going?
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