Monday, June 21, 2010
The Twitter feed
The inbox of no less than 3 email accounts
The 30 second news cycle
The Facebook Newsfeed
The LinkedIn updates
How do I keep it all together? I've made a decision to do 5 Things To Prevent Social Media Overload.
1. Lunch with people no less than two times a week.
No matter how busy - I make and keep two lunch dates a week. Some business, some pleasure but always away from my desk and with face-to-face contact.
2. Call instead of email for every 3 interactions with someone.
I like to hear people's voices, even if it's just the machine. All my personal relationships love this. At work, this is especially effective when the email string between us gets unbearable (more than 2 go rounds). I've even noticed a better response from folks when we've actually "talked" before there is a need or request.
3. Employ a Social Media Embargo time each night
During the hours of 6:00 - 8:00 pm CST, I check out completely and hang with my family. No checking. No iPhone peeking -nothing. It has been a few months and it is so needed. I use HootSuite to make scheduled contact if I need it. Some nights, I don't even check back in.
4. Schedule GNOs for my mommy posse. Or just date nights with one friend
Sometimes you just need to hang with your girls in person - no catching up on the phone or fake keeping up on Facebook. It's good to hear the updates over a pink cotton candy martini and 1/2 price appetizers and to belly laugh at life's happenings together.
5. Read paper magazines
Perhaps this will go the way of the cassette tape with all the iPad, Kindle and other electronic readers; but until it does- I subscribe to O Magazine, INC, Fast Company, Essence and Fortune and love to see them in my mailbox each month.