Do you get sucked into spending too much time on social media? I most certainly do.
2020-2021 was an exciting year in the DIY Instagram world. I had just discovered this entire community of DIY moms, learned that you can monetize your account by partnering with brands, and my love for teaching came back to me in a different way – teaching others how to use power tools and how to do their own DIY projects at home.
In a previous blogpost, I mentioned how Instagram changed me as a mother. While it did cause me to become a better mother today, I don’t love the way my mind and time were occupied in 2021. At the same time, I do feel like I needed that experience in order to realize how I did not want to live my life.
In 2021, many of my DIY friends started monetizing their accounts. We were all in it together, supporting each other, growing together, and engaging with each other (Instagram term for commenting on and sharing each other’s content) to try to help beat the dreaded Instagram algorithm. As I settled into my role as a content creator myself, I started noticing how much I kept getting sucked into the app.
Just by looking at the above list, you can already see how much of your time would be spent on the app, and it doesn’t even include the time it takes to create and edit content, and reply to everyone in DMs!
Once I made these realizations, I was like wow. IG owned me.
At the end of 2021, I asked myself, “If I spent my time in 2022 the same way I did in 2021, would I regret it?” The answer was a resounding yes.
Immediately I began to set more boundaries and figure out how I wanted to spend my time differently. Below are the guidelines I’ve set for myself since then:
These boundaries have helped me so much, and when I look back on last year (now that it’s 2023 say what), I can happily say that I don’t regret the way I spent my time. 😊
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