Unplug To Renew Your Social Media Spirit

Social media is a great tool for business and networking as well as lots of fun; but it’s addicting too and can steal productive hours out of your day. You know how it is – sometimes I say, “Oh, I’ll just jump on for a second,” but if I’m not careful, those seconds can quickly turn into hours.

Discipline Your Inner Social Media Spirit

Most of the time, I’m really good at remaining disciplined when it comes to my daily engagement on social media.  If your inner social media spirit needs a little more discipline, check out this post I wrote a while back – Balancing Your Life and Your Social Networks.  The key to successfully balancing your life with your social media activities involves prudent prioritizing.

Prioritizing your daily social media activities becomes even more challenging when your career centers on the social media arena.  And let’s face it – these days, an increasing number of professions require at least some level of social media engagement.  This is a good thing.  Social media has given businesses a new way to reach out to potential clients and collaborators.

But you know what they say about too much a good thing – the negative effects of overindulgence and mismanagement of time can overshadow the positive aspects of this powerful tool.

Delegate, Then Take a Break

  • Choose your social media platforms wisely
  • Don’t spread yourself too thin
  • Delegate or outsource tasks where possible
  • Take technology breaks and unplug regularly

I unplug through connecting with nature.  My love of nature gets me outdoors quite a bit.  My daily nature walks help me clear my head and renew myself, so I can give my very best during work.

It’s beneficial to unplug and enjoy nature on a regular basis.  I’d like to share some popular photos I’ve taken while strolling outdoors in nature.

The U.S. Botanic Garden in D.C.
Walking in nature or in a quiet garden makes my soul bubble with gratitude!  So what does it take to make you unplug from the virtual world?
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14 Replies to “Unplug To Renew Your Social Media Spirit

  1. Internet addiction syndrome.. and then social media addiction. I guess all are connected. You are very right in saying that one needs to look at nature as well. Very essential for health and well being!

    1. Hello Suchismita,

      Balance and discipline are key! It’s cold now in the North East, so I miss my daily meditative walk in nature.
      ツ Thank you for sharing.

      Ann

  2. This article and another in a recent issue of Conde Nast Traveler mag really struck home, although it is in reference to my being unable to unplug during vacations as well as work…I recently returned from a trip to Bali and Tokyo and found myself subconsciously (and totally) unable to detach myself from my Blackberry. I would find myself uneasy whenever my phone showed no signal available! In Bali of all places!!

  3. Great advice Ann! I need to try and get outside more, I find myself not being able to pull away from the computer from the time I get up to the time I go to sleep. Though I am doing something I love, working with Wolf-PAC and fighting to save this democracy, but I still need to try, thanks Ann. -Mike

  4. I agree! I work in social media and I find myself playing around with my own accounts and not the businesses that I work for!

    @dustingormley

  5. Been reading more and more about the necessity of disconnecting ones self from the grid. Timely posting, I think Native Americans are on to something about the need for us to ground ourselves to Mother Earth and be still.

    Thanks for your thoughts and postings

    Wally

  6. The rise of social media demonstrated how…SOCIAL we all are. Imagine if all your connections via twitter, fb etc. would become real-life friends – you would be overwelmed with attention!.. Social media allows to control that attention, but unfortunetaly does not provide human contact. If humans could only socialize so openly in real life as they are in social media world – who knows, world could become a very different one: I think, for the better – but YOU may disagree.
    Follow me at @flexiscore.

  7. What sage advice and equally stunning photos to augment your point. I’m quite disciplined as well (most of the time) with my social media. But I still have trouble truly unplugging each day (outside of my workout). I’ve been trying to take just 20 minutes for self reflection and prayer in total silence. When I actually do it, it makes such a huge difference!

    1. Hi Samantha,

      I know exactly what you mean. I recently joined Instagram, oh boy ツ Quiet and me time are so important.

      Thank you,
      Ann

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