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Reclaiming your life from Social Media

Let me preface this post by saying I was an internet addict. In 2013 I traded in my Iphone4s for a flip phone. How my life has changed for the better.

One day in the early 1920s, a young Ernest Hemingway rushed along the streets of Paris seeking shelter from a downpour. He soon came upon a warm cafe on the Place St.-Michel and ducked inside.

After hanging his rain jacket, Hemingway ordered a café au lait, pulled out a notepad and pencil from his pocket and began writing. Before long he had fallen into a trancelike state, oblivious to his surroundings as he penned a story that would later become the first chapter of his memoir, “A Moveable Feast.”

If Hemingway were alive in 2014, he might not have finished what he started writing that day. Realistically, he probably wouldn’t have even put a pen to paper.

Instead, he might have ducked into the cafe, pulled out his smartphone and proceeded to waste an entire afternoon on social media. Perhaps he would update his Facebook to discuss the rogue weather, snap a picture of his café au lait to post on Instagram and then lose the rest of the afternoon to Twitter.

At the present, market research shows the average person spends 6.15 hours a day on the internet.  Social media consumes 1.72 hours a day (research based on 170,000 people per global web index, report published in 2014)

6 hours a day, that is 42 hours a week,  that's a full time job

If you want to have more time, one of the easiest ways is to balance the amount of time you are on the internet.

This includes email, social media, and all other things. The key to doing this is carving out 2-3 blocks of 30 minutes during the day in which you actively digest emails and or social media content. You plan for these times and make it part of your schedule.

You will find yourself to be so much more productive, resulting in more free time to do the things you love. This simple trick will give you 5 more hours each day, and 35 hours each week. Imagine what you can do !