Feeling a sense of overwhelm by trying to stay on top of e-connecting? Ever take a vacation from Social Media?
Some days it can feel like Social Media is running you, not the other way around. Juggling techie devices by jumping from Smart Phone to tablet to laptop and back again in an endless cycle to stay connected can run you ragged. When you feel more like a computer pro or a Social Media analyst (unless that is your biz!), it takes time away from what you really love to do – what your business is actually about. Sure, Social Media is a valuable business tool, but ask yourself….
How is Social Media serving you? Not only in your business but in your personal life? Consider: If social media is a vice, does it serve you…or do you serve it?
Social Media Overwhelm
While I value aspects of social media, I have definitely felt its vice-like sting of addiction. Now, am I dropping all social media? No. Am I suggesting you drop it? Nope. However, I have found ways and benefits to take a vacation from social media…and to love doing it!
When is best for taking a vacation from Social Media?
Anytime you feel stuck in a rut. That could be when: You are overwhelmed with too many Social Media outlets, your techie world starts to feel boring, you find yourself stuck for anything new to share, or it’s all biz talk and less of the real ‘you.’
How do you take the leap? You may wean gradually or jump in fully. The right timing is key. Consider where to start and/or how to build: Can you turn the ringer off for a few hours, 1 full day, 1 day a week, 1 week a month, or 1 month a year?
How is life different on vacation? Assess: How do you connect with people without using Social Media? What is the quality of your connections? How does your time free up? How do you feel personally?
How do you return to the Social Media world? Plan how your relationship with technology will continue. How will you tame the overwhelm? Consider turning all or some ringers/chimes off at times. Like coffee breaks, may be set up ‘Social Media breaks’ as the only time(s) each day to check technology. Choose which Social Media – rather than juggling 6 or more outlets, focus on your top 3 favs (the ones that are effective and fun for you), making 1 your key outlet and having 1-2 more to adapt your message.
What content do you value sharing? How can you connect deeper with peeps? For example, instead of Instagram photos of each meal, how about 1 recipe of your fav meal for that week? For me a quote lover, I aim for 1-3 good quotes per day that share a range of my authentic self (i.e. a coach tone to kick butt, funky humour to spark smiles, and inspiration to touch souls). Balancing both your biz and you may mean that for every promotional post you also share something personal.
Get a plan and stick with it. If you go off your plan and begin feeling overwhelm again, then consider another vacation!
I’ve reached a point where I look forward to 1 month off a year to unplug completely from Social Media. Plus I now add 1 day per week and sometimes even 1 week per month offline. When I return to Social Media, I’m refreshed and excited to share.
How could a vacation from Social Media rock your world?
Whitney McMillan, best-selling author of Rock Your Overwhelm: Live in Clarity, Balance and Freedom, life and business coach, workshop facilitator, and motivational speaker, supports busy gals to live Overwhelm Freedom! www.whitneymcmillan.com