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
- 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
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?
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!