Social Media Detox

This year, I'm making it a goal to take some frequent breaks from social media. As a blogger and social media manager, this is no easy task. Social media is a huge - I mean HUGE - part of my daily life. It's not only what I do for work, but it's also something that I really really enjoy. 

But, even though a lot of what I do on social media is for work and for my blog, I definitely end up wasting a lot of time on it as well. Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter...the list goes on and on. If there's a social media channel, I'm on it. My days are consumed by these sites and apps, and while creating content and managing all of my accounts and my clients' accounts brings me so much joy, sometimes I find myself scrolling aimlessly through feeds when I could be doing something a lot more productive. Basically, there's more to life than what goes on on social media, and I'd like to try to re-capture some of that.

That's why, in an effort to manage my time better, I'm committing to taking frequent social media breaks - a social media detox, if you will. 

Once a month, I'm going to go a full twenty-four hours without checking social media. Now, twenty-four hours may not seem like a very long time for a social media detox, BUT keep in mind that on an average day, I am checking all of my different accounts multiple times every HOUR. So, twenty-four hours off is kind of a big deal, and will actually be somewhat of a challenge for me. 

What am I hoping to get out of this? Clarity. I hope that taking time away will help me manage my stress, will give me time to re-center, connect face to face with loved ones, and work on other projects that I just never seem to have time for. I've heard so many good things about taking time away from social media, so I'm willing to give it a try. 

Have you done a social media detox before? What was your experience? If you'd like to join me in this challenge, comment below. It would be great to discuss!! 

Tips For Managing Time During The Holidays

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with The 5TH. However, all opinions are my own.*

Ok, look at the carvings on the railing...'B+A'...BEN AND I did not do that, just a coincidence, but HOW PERFECT?!?!? <3

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I don't know about you, but there is something about the month of December that makes me VERRRRYY aware of time and just how quickly it's going. Maybe it is because the year is quickly coming to a close, or maybe it's because of how busy and exciting everything gets with the holidays. Whatever the reason, this time of year I always find myself scrambling to get things done and wishing that I had just a bit more time in each day. And this year, as a new mama, time seems even more scarce! I mean, James will be 5 MONTHS OLD this month... what!? Seriously, where has the time GONE?

I'm sure that I am not the only person who feels pressed for time come the end of the year. There are so many things to finish up, goals to try desperately to achieve, gifts to buy, parties to plan, events to go to...

So I've put together a few tips to help you manage your time this holiday season:

  1. Make A List. Wait no...make several lists! I know this is the simplest tip ever and you're probably like, oh great, thanks a lot. BUT, really, do it. Make lists. Make a gift list so that you can see all of the gifts for each person written out on paper. Make a list for events and parties that you need to RSVP to. Make a grocery list. Make a list of chores. Make a list of outfits that you plan on wearing this season. Make a list of goals that you wish to accomplish by the end of the year. Bottom line: write. things. down. Get them out of your head, and visually look at what you need to get done. Then you can start to prioritize.
  2. Prioritize. Now that you have your various lists written out, go ahead and make another list. This one is your list of TOP PRIORITIES. The things that are crucial to get done ASAP. The non-negotiable, must-dos. This list is where you start. This list is what you knock out first. These are the most important activities, events, things to do in your life right now.
  3. Time Block. I've read a lot about time blocking lately, and I am excited to try it out. It is supposedly an excellent method of keeping on task. It helps you to focus on just one task for a set amount of time. When the time is up, you move on to the next task. No ifs, ands, or buts. I'm going to be picking up one of these bad boys. I might even get it for a few people I know as a stocking stuffer!
  4. Get A Watch. Seriously, I know that you can tell the time on your phone, but a watch is a life saver when it comes to staying on task and getting stuff done! Being able to glance down at your watch is much easier, (and more polite) than constantly checking your phone. Not to mention that using your phone to check the time is a great gateway to hours of mindless Instagram scrolling...aka, WASTED TIME. Try putting your phone on silent and sticking it in the other room. Eliminate the temptation to hop on social media or check your messages, and instead, use your watch to keep track of the time. You can get a beautiful watch from The 5TH for 10% off right now - just use my code 'ANNA'! These make great gifts too, so you can go ahead and check that off of your list! ;)

What are some of your tips for managing time and keeping on top of things during the holidays??