Social Media Gets On My NERVES….(but I need it) – Tips.
I’ll let you guys in on a little secret (or maybe it isn’t and I’ve probably made a video about it at some point) but anyway, here goes: as much as I love social media at times and the opportunities it has presented…I also loathe it.
I said it and I’ll say it again – I loathe social media.
Social media is a different kind of beast than it was in the past. It’s like a battlezone now. Filled with people trying to be ‘right‘ & heard all the time or ‘popular‘. Heavily concerned with likes and retweets, creating clickbait headlines and being outrageous for attention.
Well, at least that’s how I’ve been seeing it lately.
Question is, for those who also feel this way; how do you go about navigating through this when all of your work is online? When your business, projects or otherwise, all rely heavily on social media to carry them through? What do you do when you feel like you can’t take it anymore?
This post is a guide to help you deal with the throngs of social media when you feel powerless to tear away for fear of hurting your online activities and/or creative projects.
There are apps (like Hootsuite) that will allow you to prepare posts in advance for social media platforms – leaving you with time during the day to other things besides worrying about posting frequently enough. If you allocate a few minutes every other day or so to pre-prepare posts (perhaps 3 at a time) and spread them out – you will still be able to maintain consistency without having to open up the app to post and finding yourself…getting…distracted..by…ooh…who had a fight?
There are times when you just need to post and go.
2. Setting Timers.
One of the many reasons why I dislike social media is how distracting it is. I find myself scrolling endlessly while the time ticks away as if there aren’t more important things to be doing than looking at bullshit that I can’t seem…to tear myself away from. If this is an issue for you too, perhaps think about setting a timer, in which time you make your posts, respond to messages and comments and then roll out.
Sometimes we need reminders to tap out – a blaring alarm might be just the thing for it.
3. Don’t fall into the trap of comparison.
Many people choose to show the final polished product without an inkling as to what sort of graft had to go into it, or what difficulties they may have faced to even get to that point.
It’s very easy to look at the successes of others and wonder why things haven’t panned out that way for you, or how is it they seem to be cracking on with things while you’re still in the space you’re in.
If your head is in such a space right now – pull it out. You are wasting your valuable energy giving weight or even thinking about these things. The reason why is so short & sweet: we are all on different journeys.
There is literally no more to it. Different things happen at different stages in our lives – and that’s just the way it always will be. Just because it hasn’t happened for you yet, doesn’t mean it never will. Don’t let comparison leave you feeling discouraged. Your storm is not their storm and neither is their storm yours.
4. Learning to switch off.
On a personal level, I feel this is one of the most important things we should all learn to do. Constantly being switched ‘on’ absorbing all the noise, all the opinions, seeking validation from perfect strangers, all the likes and love hearts and retweets and follow and – (man, I need to catch my breath). Is too much to hack all day every day!
Over time, those early mornings spent scrolling for hours on end leading into days filled with app refreshes and going back and forth in comment sections will have a detrimental effect on your productivity, your energy and in some cases…even your sanity. Learning to switch off and surround yourself with family, friends, activities you enjoy or just…yourself can prove to be extremely uplifting and beneficial to your wellbeing and the quality of your work.
If it gets too much to handle, you can always take time away from social media altogether, even if just for a few days, to give yourself a chance to reset and take yourself away from the algorithmic anarchy entirely.
Even as I type this, I’ve deactivated one of my platforms – to stop myself from going apeshit. If that’s what you need to do – then do it. Your mental health and wellbeing comes first. Before any of the statistics.
Social media can be an amazing and resourceful tool, when usage is managed effectively. The trouble sometimes is, tearing yourself away from the black hole of binary code and the cacophony of noise that can so easily leave you feeling irritated, uninspired and demotivated. Take care of YOU first and learn to listen to your gut when it’s saying “man, just turn this shit off and make better use of your time.”
You’ll feel better for it.