{Time management} The Instagram time suck

This is my year of enough.


I’ve said often we have enough time for all the things we really want to do and I’ll be writing periodically about ways I bring enough time to my own life.

Post 1 – email on the phone

Post 2 – why we’re all not reading enough

This is post 3 – Instagram

Before, I felt a need to see every single pretty picture of all the people I follow on Instagram.

Not quite that bad, but close.

However, Instagram is as much a rabbit hole as Facebook, blogs, etc.

I love it dearly but I’ve set myself a few rules (I like rules for myself) that I’m sticking to about 98% of the time:

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1. I contribute content before I consume it

That means, if I go onto Instagram, it should be to first post my own photos before I start scrolling away.

2. I connect as I consume

It’s not good enough for me to just scroll aimlessly, so I “like” other people’s photos, leave comments and generally use it as a place to connect.

After I post my photo, I check my “news” to see if anyone’s commented on any of my photos that I need to answer. Confession – I’m not great at this yet unless it’s a comment that needs a proper answer.

3. It’s okay if I don’t see everything

I generally give myself 5 – 10 minutes at a time and if I don’t see everyone’s photos, that’s just fine. Strangely, I don’t feel like I’m missing out because I remember the things I want to do in my real life 🙂 and I’m actually asking myself a favourite question of mine, what is the most important use of my time right now?

4. I tell myself this important sentence

“Everybody else dips in and out of your feed; you can do the same” 😉



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Since I started sticking to my rules, I have more time (duh!) and some days I honestly forget about my phone in my handbag for 5 – 6 hours at a stretch.

It’s totally working!

Do you have rules or policies for your Instagram usage?

Do you find it hard to stay off Instagram, or do you have another social media vice?

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  1. I must admit, I am TERRIBLE at connecting. I always have to remind myself to respond to comments etc.
    I basically try to limit the amount of times that I go on. Not more than 3 times a day and not for more than 10 minutes or so at a time. I also don’t feel bad if I don’t see everything.

  2. During the week I’m quite disciplined with social media consumption. I switched off cellular data on most things so can only access when I get good wifi. I check Instagram about 3 times during the day – scroll through, comment and like and move on. Twitter and Facebook I check every few days. And I find I’m not commenting on blogs as much as I used to because I do cluster reading every few days and not everyday!!

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