It seems that the big promotion for electronic communication is that is was going to simplify our lives. I don’t know about you, but with all of the avenues to be socially engaged, I have become completely overwhelmed. Perhaps there is a 12-step meeting for Social Networking Media Addiction (SNMA).
As I consider my options, I realize that there are a few things that I can do to try to manage the influx of information from so many sources.
1. Deactivate the email notifications to my social media accounts and my blogs.
2. Schedule time during the week to review the activity on my social networking media accounts so that it doesn’t consume so much of my time.
3. Deactivate my email account on my phone. I can check my email on my desktop when I get home.
4. Deactivate e-newsletter subscriptions. The newsletter will be on the website which I can search for on Google at another time.
5. Deactivate the email notification of telephone voice messages.
Based on today’s level of engagement, it would seem that these strategies are a bit extreme. Perhaps I have a secret desire to become a recluse. Maybe, but I would like to feel more in control of the amount of information that I am exposed to each day. So I may implement a few of these strategies to see if it helps me to manage the social networking media mania more efficiently.
The long-term goal is to free up more time to spend with family and friends. I am looking forward to enjoying their company and being in their presence. I need more human connection in this season of my life.
I’ll share my progress at the next SNMA Meeting.
Peace and Love!
- Our Favorite Social Media Resources (amsterdamprinting.com)
- Social rehab tool kit offers help for social media addicts (lostateminor.com)
- National Simplify Your Life Week (h2oathome.wordpress.com)