Social Media – Stress Free!

If you start to find social media is stressing you out, the start of the New Year is a great time to take a step back and evaluate what you are doing and where you are feeling stressed. Some of the questions you may want to ask yourself:

  • Is too much information flowing in, and I feel like I am drowning?
  • Do I read so much I don’t have any time to take action?
  • Is the information which comes in, increasingly irrelevant to me?
  • If you’re feeling any of these elements, taking a step back this New Year could help you back to a state of enjoyment in using social media. Here are just a few tips to get you started…
  • Go strategic! Chances are you started out in social media by chance, or without a focus. Adding some thought and care into what you want to achieve is one of the best ways I know to help you start evaluating and get out of overwhelm. Think about who you are interested in learning from, who you would like to connect with, and what you would like to learn
  • If you use social media for business, focus on the topics that you would like to be known as an expert for. What sources help you shine here? What resources would you like to share with others?

  • Look at the platforms you use – what do you like? Which are giving you good results? Spend the time where it makes most sense and where you have the most fun
  • Overwhelmed? Check out who you are following, what updates you receive in your reader or via email – unsubscribe from those you never read so you can make more mental space for the ones which truly add value to your day
  • Consider taking time out. Too much social media can add to your sense of overwhelm with the quick nature of the way it works. Turn off alerts and beeps. Set a structured time to review and listen in, and chat

I hope these have helped – would you to hear from you via Twitter or the comments about what stops you getting overwhelmed with social media!

Claire Chapman is a social media expert. Claire's journey into social media has been one that has built up over time. When she trained as a coach, she started connecting with people on different coaching niche membership sites and forums, and started finding that these were a great way to keep connected to the industry and peers, as well as spotting potential coaching opportunities. Since September 2009, Claire has also been working part time for Intendance in London, a full service Web firm who offers a complete range of Web & design services as their Social Media Specialist.