We all want to have a great summer and, if possible, also share all the beautiful and fun experiences with our friends who couldn’t be there with us, sometimes even sharing some recommendations on where to go, what to do, where to eat and so on. One of the most popular ways to do so is by sharing content on Instagram of course – just one click, just a few seconds and we are sharing our joy with the world. Seems so easy but is it though?
The feeling of spending far too much time on Instagram is more than familiar and we have to ask ourselves, do we really want to spend our holiday time on the phone – taking million shots for that one perfect pic, editing it to look even better and posting with numerous tags and hashtags that actually takes away from the moment and the real experience of joy and fun. In addition, if people you are enjoying your holidays with aren’s such enthusiasts about social media like you, it can be really annoying to them and ruin their fun, waiting for you for ages to finish your work.
And while there are unfortunately also many examples of people injuring themselves greatly or even in the extreme cases dying in accidents for getting the perfect Instagram pic, we will not go this far, assuming and advising that you, first and foremost, keep safe during your holidays at all times, including when taking the perfect shot. So not to go into any extremes, here are some tips on how to enjoy the summer and still post quality content, without being enslaved by the phone.
1. Plan your content
This may seem a bit over the top, especially if you have a private account, you are not an influencer and not aspiring to be one. However, planning your content can be very helpful, especially if you already know what you will be doing in the next couple of days. This way you can focus only on the things you want to communicate during the day and for the remaining time just soak in the summer and enjoy yourself without overly spending the time on your phone.
2. Choose the moments you want to share on social media
Not everything needs to be documented – that great cocktail, that beautiful view, really nice dinner or the evening outfit – the reasons you’d like to share it with your friends are understandable but is it really necessary to share all of it or even take numerous pictures of it all? If you go through your phone, do you find twenty pictures of the same food order or sunset that actually never go to be published? Not that of course everything you take a picture of needs to be posted but just think a bit about it and the time you spent on getting a shot from a different angle – how much did it disrupt the moment and was it really necessary?
3. Get the perfect shot from the first try
Building on the previous point – you will reduce the time spent on the phone if you know how to take a good shot. There are many online tutorials on mobile photography and editing so that you can minimize the time spent on your phone while increasing the quality of your content. In case you want to be in photos and someone else is taking pictures of you – learn how to pose and make sure you explain to the person exactly what you want. This way you will avoid wasting time and get your perfect shot in no time.
Something a lot of people don’t think about and is very important is – time. You can dedicate a special time during the day when you will post on your social media so it doesn’t get in between everything else you are doing during the day. Also, let’s not forget – posting really doesn’t need to be in real time, giving you the right to choose when to do what and not let it interfere with you enjoying your holidays. Never forget – you are the master of your time, use it wisely!
4. Limit the time on your mobile phone
Yes, you read it well – limit the time you spend on your phone. If you can’t do it yourself, there are numerous apps that will help you in doing so. Because posting on social media is not only taking a photo, editing it and choosing the hashtag – we all like to take a look who liked it or commented on it and then interact with our friends which can turn into endless checking of the phone. This is completely unnecessary and can actually ruin the experience of your holidays so just limit the time you spend on your phone and you will feel much happier and present.
5. Enjoy the summer
Last but not least – just enjoy your summer! It is nice to share it with your friends on social media but hey, it’s also not imperative. Leave something out for telling them over drinks when you meet – they will also appreciate it!