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Ep. #13: The Social Media Time Suck

Welcome to the first in our series for the podcast called Ask Tsh, where you’re invited to ask me anything related to simple living. I’m not an expert, but for eight years I’ve been in the thick of personal exploration and experience in my journey towards simplicity, and I’ve learned a thing or two along the way. I’m happy to share the journey with you.

This episode’s question was chosen because it was asked by lots of you—so I thought it’d be a great way to kick off the series. How do I handle the social media crazy? Specifically, the time suck and noise, which seems especially true on Facebook.

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1. Follow the fun. Don’t try to “be everywhere.” I think it’s unrealistic, unhealthy advice.

2. Do a time inventory for a week. Think about how you want to spend your time, not how you actually do. (Timely is a useful digital tool, but pen and paper are just as great.)

3. The ‘Unfollow’ button is your friend.

Note: In the episode, I say ‘gear button’ to the right of your name, but I should have said ‘down arrow button.’ Oops. Same idea, though.

4. Prioritize your Facebook’s News Feed Preferences. Here’s what I’m talking about in the episode:

news feed preferences

5. Close the screen an hour before bed.

6. Have a weekly screen-free day.

7. Remove any apps you don’t use within two weeks.

8. And finally, read poetry. Here’s my favorite this week, from Mr. Berry:

the peace of wild things

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The Simple Show, ep 13: Handling the noise and time suck of social media. Hosted by Tsh Oxenreider

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