Social Media is a large part of all of our lives today and it can be challenging when it comes to finding that perfect life/social media relationship. For those of us that work in social media, we do spend a fair amount of time on social media. Therefore, it’s very important to remember to walk away from social media so you can get out and live your life. Chances are, if you work in social media, you may also be a blogger. If this is the case, what will you write about if you never step away from social media? I have three tips that will help you get a better grip on your involvement in social media.
- Limit yourself to a limited number of minutes of personal social media time throughout the day. One simple solution is to set an “old fashioned” kitchen timer near your computer. Once you find yourself immersed in your personal Facebook page, set the timer. For me, Pinterest is still the biggest time sucker. I am a visual person and I find it extremely difficult to manage my time while on Pinterest. The “old fashioned” kitchen timer has been a time saver for me. I allow myself 10 minutes and when the buzzer rings, it’s back to work.
- As evening closes in, I make it a point to shut everything down at a certain time. For me, it is often 11:00 p.m.. After that time, I am in bed and getting rested up for the next day’s fun!
- Plan ahead if possible. If you know there is a special family celebration coming up, plan accordingly. Be sure you are not working on social media while you and your family are celebrating. Social media can instantly turn a family celebration into a not so fun event. Be respectful and step away from it. Hey, if I can attend our extended family Easter Celebration without social media or a camera in tow, I know you can too.
Donna Hup of DonnaHup.Com is an avid blogger. Donna strives to keep her work days on social media from “9 to 5”. She has embraced Hootsuite, which is a handy scheduling tool for folks that work in social media.
Social Media is something that we are all trying to muddle our way through. With new platforms popping up all around us, it seems once we have one conquered, there’s a new one to learn. Most of all, choose the social media platforms that work well for you, use those and use them well. Most importantly make time for the people around you. Those relationships that you have built online are real. When you take the time to nurture those online relationships and turn them into real life relationships, you and your business will grow.
Are you challenged with trying to find the perfect balance between life and social media? If you are, I’d love to hear how you are addressing the issue. It seems everywhere I go, that’s the number one question!