Having a summer of joy, regrets, and a steep learning curve, has its natural consequences. For example, without thought, a part-time blogger can become a part-part-part-time blogger in a hot second. And a social media enthusiast can become distracted from a variety of platforms faster than ice cream melts in the sun. At first, this distraction may come as a surprise. Upon experience and reflection, it is to be anticipated. Returning to social media is a breeze with a positive attitude and a plan.
Looking ahead, the ideal way to return to social media is to plan a break from it in the first place. For example, many bloggers are derailed by the fullness of life, the real reason we’re on the planet. New and part-time bloggers especially can help themselves by not waiting for life to build to a deafening crescendo before reacting with earplugs and running for the nearest peace and quiet. How to take a break from blogging by Harleena Singh, a Twitter friend I’ve long admired, is brimming with practical and encouraging ways to plan and relax.
The flip side of the overwhelmed coin is that going with the flow can lull social media enthusiasts into taking a break unawares. As non-media life becomes content and comfortable, social media time can slip through relaxed fingers. When this happens, and it will, take notice and action. Share some small social media love, guilt-free. Twitter is great for light status updates. Snap pictures specifically for sharing. Comment on a few blogs. Social media as life, isn’t an all-or-nothing endeavor. Social media provides platforms on which to grow, change, and take creative action.
Whether a break from social media is planned or not, returning is easy after analyzing current conditions. Parallel to sharing and connecting in small ways, analyze what social media practices and habits have been beneficial and happy-making in the past. Was tweeting on the fly a blast? Did social media tools like Hootsuite help with consistency? Did content curation, which Buffer offers, keep interest high? Did blogging daily help keep a routine? Keep what works, ditch the rest, and plan a bright future.
A happy social media future includes placing a return date on the calendar. SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time based. Without a deadline, social media enthusiasts can wait for a “good” or “perfect” time to return. Surely, some times are better than others, yet it is the waiting passively that is the real culprit. Return today, tomorrow, next Friday, or next month, but do pro-actively return.
On a personal note, I’m happy to return to blogging with a sharper focus on content and a streamlined posting plan. Family Love Does More, as my personal blog, will compliment my work blog Arizona Performance Psychology. Content on both will focus on how to improve personal, relationship, and time/energy related performance, yet here I can let my hair down and show performance psychology in action as it relates to how my family and I do more, love more. I’ll also continue to share my favorite things because they make me, and hopefully you, happy. Since I work for Arizona Performance Psychology Tuesday through Saturday, you’ll see me here primarily on Sunday and Monday.
Thank you to all who have supported me and my social media adventures. I look forward to giving you my best and am eager to continue changing and growing with you. I return renewed with gratitude for you, my social media friends.
All the best ~ Angie Mc
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