1. Be selective with who you follow on social media

Only follow people who inspire you or add value to your life. Unfollow or de-friend anyone who is negative, increases your anxiety or judges you. How you feel while using social media will impact how you respond to your family, situations and events once you’re off social media. So be selective and have firm boundaries around this.

2. Have specific time allocation

Ever gone to check Facebook for five minutes and half-an-hour later you’re still on? Well, one way to ensure that you don’t waste hours using technology is to set a timer on your phone for how long you want to spend on it. Once the timer goes off, you get off! Also, have specific times or moments of the day when you want to use technology, and stick to them.

3. Have a specific purpose

Do you want to feel inspired? Be educated on a topic? Connect with friends? Have a laugh? Use technology for work? Reply to a message or phone call? Know what your purpose is and use the technology for that. Otherwise it’s so easy to get lost down the rabbit hole. Stick to your purpose and then get off!

4. Stay connected

Connect with people who inspire you, your friends or those you want to network with. Send them a message to catch up in person, comment on their photos, give advice on a post or give them a call! Don’t assume that the photos and captions your friends post are reflections of what they’re experiencing in real life. Connect with people to see what’s going on behind the highlights reel.

5. Help others

The great thing about technology is that we can stay up-to-date with global issues or the personal needs of our friends. And giving has never been easier. With GoFundMe campaigns, charities that have one-click-donate buttons and people sharing their personal struggles, we can use technology to help others in need by donating our money, time and voice to what aligns to our values. We’re able to stay educated on topics that have the power to make the world a better place—the information is at our fingertips. We can choose to use our handheld devices to make a positive difference in the world.

By creating new habits with how we use technology, we can actually add value to our lives, be more connected to people than ever before and make a positive contribution to this world. The power is literally in our hands.

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