Whether you call it overload, burnout or addiction, social media overwhelm is real and reduces our capacity to connect…ironically.
I heard a stat the other day saying we look at our phones an average of 150 times per day. I don’t know if it’s true but when I’m deep-down honest with myself I wonder how many times I look at my phone. A lot.
And why? Much of the time I’m not doing anything. Opening apps, refreshing feeds, seeing if that was my phone that buzzed.
And that’s just checking what other people are posting. What about posting itself? How much time do I spend thinking about social media?
If I’m deep-down honest…more than 150 times per day. Thinking about strategy, researching tactics, and testing tools can be a full-time job if you let it.
What can be done?
Oh, lots. First of all, you can take the extreme approach by avoiding it, banning it from your life, removing apps from your phone, or doing a social media detox.
All those things are fine—but extreme. If you’re trying to grow your platform going off social media, although good for your mental health, doesn’t help you grow. What if there was a way to have the best of both worlds?
Limit the time you spend on social media/in the digital world but be present when you’re there?
Yes, I’m trying to paint a picture of you being intentionally social rather than mindlessly scrolling. Not a crazy thing! I think you can do it!
By the way, if you’re looking to better-establish your social media presence, there are a few basic adjustments you can make to your profiles that will make a ton of difference.
I’ve put these recommendations together in an ebook and you can access it for free in my resource library. Just pop your email address into the form below and I’ll send you the password!
Once you’re in the library, navigate to the social media section and look for “Social Media Profile Optimization ebook.”
Here are my top five tips for avoiding social media overwhelm
1. Create a strategy
I do this for a living so of course I’ll recommend building a social media marketing strategy. This isn’t hard but you do need to spend some time thinking about what you want to get out of social media.
- Why are you there?
- What are your goals?
- Who do you want to connect with?
Figure these things out and everything gets easier from here.
2. Create a posting schedule
Your posting schedule (also known as a content calendar or social focus) is a lifesaver.
Instead of showing up going “I need to post today but I don’t know what to dooooooo,” you say “OK, so my focus today is encouragement so what do I have that’s encouraging?
On one of the accounts I manage I created a basic posting schedule to help me come up with content but to also remain consistent.
- Mondays: Contests or opportunities
- Tuesdays: General knowledge
- Wednesdays: Ask a question
- Thursdays: Contests or opportunities
- Fridays: Article share
See? There’s a posting schedule, just like that.
3. Choose your focus (ahead of time)
You can’t be everywhere. So which network will you focus on? There is a lot of advice out there for which networks have the biggest payoff but you will need to decide for yourself what works.
A couple questions to consider when choosing your social networks: Where are you most comfortable online? Where are your clients/readers most comfortable online?
4. Get help
Whoa. But we writers are solitary creatures! Yes, but we also tend to get in our heads and spiral. When you’re feeling social media overwhelm creep up, get help.
This could be by speaking with a mentor or colleague, taking a course/learning a new skill, or hiring someone. The point is, get help.
5. Use scheduling tools
Use them like they’re going out of style. Seriously, USE TOOLS!
They not only help you organize your social life, but if set up right, they allow you to focus on what you need to and filter out the rest.
The right scheduling tools will keep social media overwhelm at bay and help you reach your social and business goals.
OK! That wasn’t so hard was it? Now get out there and be social!
One more thing. You may be interested in my free resource library. This is where I keep my files, downloads, ebooks, worksheets and whatever else I manage to create. I love sharing what I learn and want to keep adding to this library so it becomes a wealth of helpful goodness.
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