When life gets busy as it sometimes does, it’s time to turn off the technology and opt out for a while, in this case for me it was opting out of social media for a short time. I’ve done this several times in different areas of life and it’s been great.
I’ve been helping out in a role for around 6 months that has limited my time for social media.
What it has done is this:
- Allowed me the ability to focus on what I’m doing, the main task
- Allowed me the ability to engage with people more intimately, currently I’m helping people establish a vision for their technology future
- Maximise my time on the focused task.
Jim Stogdill (@jimstogdill) wrote an article which appeared on http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2012/08/my-paleo-media-diet/ that explained his reasons for going on a media diet. My interpretation of the article is:
- He was getting nothing done
- He needed to change his dietary habit, it seems there was a connection with lots of Sugar and Social media, obviously lots of coffee and other yummies.
- Change his thinking about life and the impacts of technology and be more counter culture to our current way of life.
A great article to read.
Whatever the plan, it’s OK to opt out for a while and not have the pressure and expectations of being in every social channel.
I’m just getting back into social media and gauging how much time I can spend listening and contributing in the conversation.
I’m looking at changes in lifestyle and use of technology effectively to make my social media experience seamless, however, be a positive contributor to those who follow me and learn from those who I follow, their positive input into my social media experience.