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How to be Productive Without Social Media

Oh no it happened again!

Social media was not working. But does that mean you get to take a nap?

Nope. There are lots of things you can do to be productive when social media is down – or without it in general. Because it’s actually only one tool we use to promote our business. When we rely so much on social media for communication, entertainment, and information, it can be hard to stay productive when platforms are unexpectedly down.

Whether it’s due to a technical glitch or a scheduled maintenance, the sudden absence of social media can leave many feeling lost and unsure of what to do with their time. No worries, there are still lots of things you can – and should – be doing with your time.

Here are some ideas that will help you with setting goals, creating to-do lists, and using other ways to communicate, you can still make the most of your time without social media and perhaps cultivate a more productive mindset that focuses on the right things to do for your business without social. 

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The Benefits to Working Without Social Media

Working without social media has many benefits. When you quit social – or focus your business on growing without it – you free up a significant amount of time that you can use for more productive things. Instead of spending hours mindlessly scrolling through your social media feed, you can use your time to learn new skills, creating an evergreen content plan, revamping your website, doing meditation, or picking up hobbies you’ve been meaning to get to.

Instead of spending time on social media, you can invest that time in building relationships in real life and exploring new opportunities. Spending time on social media can make you feel isolated and anxious due to the fear of missing out or constantly comparing yourself to others – this has been show in studies. By detoxing from social media, you can leave your comfort zone and connect with yourself on a deeper level.

Ways to Work Without Social Media

Come up with a long-form content plan.

This can be blogging, video, or a podcast. None of these require social platforms and because they are mostly all published on search engines where people find information anyway. This will simplify your content plan and your business.

Focus on your email list.

This is one of the most important assets your business can have. If you haven’t started an email list or haven’t emailed your list in awhile, now is the time. The absence of social goes to show you how important it is to have an email list so you can be in touch with your community.

Freshen up your website.

Your website should be the hub of your business. Update old blog posts, write new ones, make sure your branding is up to date and the website is “selling” what you want it to. See how to work with me to create or update your website.

Do you need a website? Or does your current site need a refresh?

Tips on Being Productive

One of the best ways to be more productive is to limit your social media use, whether it is available or not. Instead of scrolling, try deleting social media apps and choose some productive things to do instead. This might help you completely reframe your priorities and you might like it better. Without the constant urge to check social media, you can focus on tasks that will help you reach your goals.

By replacing social media time with more meaningful activities, such as mindfulness or multitasking, you can continue to stay productive without getting sucked into addictive behavior that doesn’t get you results. We know that you can use social media to grow your business, but it it never was something that you loved or wanted to focus on, now is your chance to re-prioritize and focus on these things you can do instead.

Read all of our blog posts on productivity

Ways to Be Productive in General

  • Get clear on your goals and priorities
  • Make a list of what you have to accomplish every single day
  • Track your time and make adjustments
  • Limit time watching tv or on social media
  • Reflect on the limits of your short life
  • Picture where you want to be in 6 months and get working towards it
  • Declutter and get rid of things to avoid distractions
  • Use a paper or digital planner ever single day

Here is how to be productive without social media

There are so many things you can do instead. I hope this gives you ideas to find a fresh perspective on how to run your business, or maybe even your life.

  1. Clean Out Your Email. The fastest way to do this is to sort by sender. Unsubscribe from lists and make note of anything you still have to do from email messages. You can also create some folders and archive the things you don’t need in your inbox.
  2. Plan Your Day or Week: Use this time to plan your tasks and goals for the day or week ahead. Break down larger projects into smaller, manageable tasks and prioritize them based on importance and deadlines. Planning ahead can help you stay focused and make the most of your time overall. I use both a digital and paper planner to organize my life. All of my calendars are on Google Cal, and I use three Trello Boards for all of my information: My Business Planner, My Content Plan, and My Clients.
  3. Write a Blog Post: Blogging is a sustainable and simple way to get your message out there, and it is not reliant on social media at all. Make a list of blog posts that you want to write about and start writing. If you are new, I suggest writing one per week, but if you have a lot to talk about and want to publish more, two a week works also.
  4. Send an Email Message. Your email list is your most important asset. If you haven’t emailed your list in awhile, now is the time. Plan out what value you want to give to them and schedule email messages to your list. You can also write any funnels or welcome sequences you’ve been wanting to write.
  5. Organize Your Workspace: Use the time to declutter and organize your workspace. A clean and organized environment can help you focus better and increase productivity. Sort through your papers, files, and digital documents, and create a system that works for you.
  6. Read: Take advantage of the downtime to catch up on reading. Whether it’s a book, articles related to your field or interests, or even industry reports, reading can broaden your knowledge base and inspire new ideas.
  7. Learn Something New: Use online resources such as educational websites, tutorials, or online courses to learn something new. Whether it’s a skill related to your work or a hobby you’ve been wanting to pursue, dedicating time to learning can be both fulfilling and productive. You probably have a list of course you have purchased, plan to start one today.
  8. Exercise: Physical activity is not only good for your health but can also boost productivity and creativity. Use the downtime to go for a walk, do some stretching exercises, or engage in a home workout routine. Exercise can help clear your mind, increase energy levels, and improve your overall well-being. I love using the free FitOn app for my workouts (aff link).
  9. Create Content for Later: It’s always a great idea to create content to post for the future. This will free up your time, especially when you batch create it to post at a later date.

These activities can help you make the most of your time when social media is down and increase your productivity in the long run. Comment below and tell me which is your favorite thing to do without social media.

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