How to Engage in Social Media without Losing Your Mind

How to Engage in Social Media without Losing your Mind

The most important part of my work is connecting with and serving you. It’s been my mission from the start to share my experiences in simplifying my life for more space, time, love and health to ease your pain, and inspire your journey from being overwhelmed to finding peace.

I can write to you and for you, but there is magic in conversation and one on one connection. Whether it’s via email, Twitter, or comments here on the blog, those interactions are powerful and have been the core of our beautiful community.

When I started blogging 5 years ago, I started a Twitter account. Twitter was the only social media account I had. I could really engage and connect, and have fun. Later I added other social media accounts to meet you where you are, and today I have accounts with:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus

Sometimes I lose my mind trying to keep up with all of them while considering new emerging platforms. There are days when I miss having just one social media account. We might feel like we are missing out when we aren’t connecting on all the different platforms, but when we try to be everywhere, we end up nowhere.

If you feel the same way about your personal or business social media engagement, join me for a little experiment.

30 Day (One at a time) Social Media Experiment

For the rest of the year, I am going to focus on one social media platform at a time.

I’ll be starting the experiment with Facebook on Monday, July 13th responding to comments and questions, and writing specifically for that platform more consistently. My personal Facebook page is inactive and that won’t change, but I’ll be more involved on the Be More with Less and Project 333 Facebook pages.

If you want to join me, or follow along to see how I’m engaging, to say hi or ask a question, click and like the following pages:

I’ll still share on other platforms, but Facebook will have the majority of my attention in terms of social media for the next 30 days.

Let's bring social back to social media.

FACEBOOK

Set a timer
Instead of passively scrolling through your Facebook feed killing time, set a timer. Think about what you want to contribute or take away from your timed session, and close Facebook when your time is up. Consider 1-2 short sessions a day instead of mindless checks all day long.

Turn off notifications
Once you schedule your timed sessions, you can turn off all distracting notifications. There is nothing you need to be alerted about.

Share thoughtfully
Take responsibility for what you share and know that even with privacy settings, it’s possible that anyone can see what you share on Facebook. If that’s a deal breaker, close your account. Otherwise, be kind, helpful and consider this when sharing your life on the internet.

Edit
If you are connected to people on your personal Facebook page who bring you down, or waste your time, silently wish them well and unfriend or block their updates from appearing on your feed. If you’ve joined pages and communities over the years that aren’t serving you today, say goodbye and unlike the page or group.

Edit and curate your feed so you get exactly what you need.

If you’ve liked pages and notice that you haven’t heard from them in a while, visit those pages and engage. Like, share and comment on the pages that add value to your life and Facebook will start sharing things from those pages in your feed.

Unplug
Skip Facebook and other social media for at least one day a week. If you have the Facebook App on your phone, remove it for 30 days and intentionally sign into Facebook for your timed sessions. This will help prevent the mindless checking.

I’m looking forward to finding better ways to engage in social media and connect with you through these 30 day experiments.

The answer to better engagement on social media isn’t automating all of our accounts, or linking up each account to share the same message across all platforms. Instead, let’s bring social back to social media.

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