Tips for a Social Media Refresh

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One of my 2018 Resolutions is to be more present and use my phone more wisely. As a blogger, social media is a big part of my life, It’s how I connect with readers, share content, and grow the blog. Thanks to social media, I have met some of my closet friends and found my passion for creating content. Platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube have changed the way we live, connect, and share. There is so much good coming out of these platforms, but it’s easy to get carried away using your phone too much, comparing our selves to others, and generally spending too much time on social media. When I turned 30, it felt like everyone around me was getting married, having children, and updates on social media often felt like reminders that I was missing out. Even though I was doing well in my career and enjoying my life with family, friends, volunteering, etc., it started to feel like I was getting left behind. That’s when I decided to take charge of how I was using my phone and social media. Since then, I do a “social media refresh” each year to make sure I am using my phone and social media in a way that enriches my life. I’m sharing my tips for a Social Media Refresh on the blog today!

Tips for a Social Media Refresh

  • Morning wake up!: If you are like me, you use your phone alarm to wake up. Since I have to pick up my phone to turn off the alarm, it’s easy to start the day checking emails, news, and social media apps first thing in the morning. Instead I’ve made the resolution to start the day with gratitude and intention. Now I begin my day with a morning mantra for both Baby Aadhav and me. I use this mantra from Joel Osteen and created my own for Baby Aadhav.
  • Unfollow: One of the best things I’ve done for myself is use the “Unfollow” feature on Facebook. My newsfeed used to be filled with updates from people who I met only a few times and I sometimes missed updates from the people closest to me. Using the “Unfollow” feature, I get to decide who I receive updates from without having to “Unfriend”. Thanks to this feature, my newsfeed now has updates from the people and causes I care most about, news, and posts that make me smile (furry animals, cute babies, and meaningful stories!).
  • Moments in the Day: There are times in our day when we use our phone a lot (on our work commute, waiting in line, or nursing a baby!). Rather than use this time on my phone aimlessly, I’ve decided to make the most of these moments. To be present in the moment, reflect on the day, and think of business ideas (Shark Tank here I come!).
  • Highlight Reel: One of the most important things to remember when it comes to social media is that most people share the highlights of their lives (getting married, having children, celebrating, traveling, eating great food, cooking yummy meals, etc.). While it is great to see these updates, it’s easy to start thinking that everyone’s lives are like this all the time – and our lives don’t measure up. No one’s life is perfect, most people only share the highlights, and the more we focus on ourselves and our dreams, the less time we spend on what other people are doing.
  • Inspired!: This year, I am trying to use my phone and social media to learn, connect, and share what I am passionate about. Following people who inspire me on social media such as Sarah Blakely founder of Spanx,  Lori Greiner from Shark Tank, and poet Rupi Kaur motivate me to make it happen!
  • App Love: There are a few apps that I love and help make my life so much easier. I will share my Top 5 favorite Apps – stay tuned!
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Comments

  1. This is such a great idea. I like these tips a lot,.. especially the unfollow tip on Facebook. After motherhood I found a million facebook groups to join and today most of them seem like spam and its so easy to get sucked into someone else’s saas bahu tiffs being discussed there. Unfollow and exit will be what I do the first thing now. Shared this post too.

  2. I am so with you on this unfollow thing… thanks for sharing… thanks for sharing what is true..

  3. These are awsome tips which are actually doable. I agree that people share only the highlights and we should focus on our own lives rather than wondering if everyone’s life is as perfect as it seems.
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  4. Sharvari Paivaidya Mehan says:

    So true Kamana. Truly well written I agree as bloggers social media is important and I too find myself sucked into its stream a way too much. I shall do the unfollow trick too haha. Great idea to not compare and only follow the truly inspiring individuals

  5. Hey this is a great post, not only for new mothers, but also for those who are looking to detox from wasteful screen addiction.
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  6. Anchal says:

    I love these ideas of social media refresh :) Esp unfollowing those who’s feed you do not want to see