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Top ten social media survival tips

August 17, 2011 Comments

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In this economic climate it’s not surprising that many people are feeling pressured on several fronts. Social media needn’t be one of them. In fact, shifting gears or taking a breather is often healthy and allows you to recalibrate your level of engagement and return renewed. So here are a few tips on how to survive the demands of social media.

1. DON’T CHECK IN to all your social media platforms till 11am in the morning. Nothing that happened at 9am (your time) that can’t wait to 11am.

2. BLOG LESS until you have something you really want to write about. A long creative haul can get anyone down.

3. STAY UNDECIDED about Facebook or Google+ and embrace both. There is no right or wrong, only relationships to invest in.

4. WORRY LESS about whether Facebook, Apple, Google, Zynga or Microsoft will win the next round in the battle for celestial supremacy. This is tag-team wrestling match of unlimited rounds.

5. ACCEPT that the moment you buy your latest iPad, iPhone, tablet, app or game it will be promptly followed by a vastly improved and sleeker looking version.

6. REFUSE TO ACCEPT the belief that your professional relevance, career success or financial security turns on the next update on the latest technology. Sometimes it’s good to put the paddle down and just let the canoe glide.

7. REFRESH yourself rather than your browser. Schedule weekly unplugged engagement with nature where you do absolute nothing except be there.

8. LEAVE the phone behind. You won’t hurt its feelings. It will be there when you get back as will all the bleeps and zings that warn you about what you missed.

9. SLEEP more. Right now your computer gets more than you do. Power down. Your computer needn’t be the first thing your see in the morning and the last thing you see at night.

10. RESIST the temptation to remind me that it’s ironic that I’m writing this as a blog post. I promise to take a break straight after.

Summer is fading and work is about to return in full swing. Social media demands a lot of us on top of our already demanding lives. So let’s disconnect as we need to and renew our interest and ourselves.

Any other tips you would give?

  • Ryan

    Simon,

    Thanks for the tips! Gave me a nice reality check!

  • Anonymous

    yes, sometimes it’s important to step away from the keys. Simon

  • http://www.gaildaleyfineart.com Gail Daley

    this is great! I am already doing most of this but it is nice to know someone agrees with me!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Gail. You’re doing better than me!

  • http://twitter.com/socialrati Jill Richards

    I would add that filtering the social media you do monitor for things that really matter to you can also help reduce that feeling of being overwhelmed by all there is to read and comment on.  Agree that nature really helps reset and refresh.  Thanks for the post.

  • Mhowland

    Congratulations on being picked up by Fast Company twitter feed!  Good common sense tips!

  • http://www.simonmainwaring.com/ Simon Mainwaring

    Thanks so much.

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