Filed under: Social media
How ironic. Today is apparently National Stress Awareness day. I found out about this through a feed in my Google reader, and currently my biggest source of stress comes from social media of this very sort.
I’ve got myself connected to a fantastic bunch of people on Twitter, joined a couple of groups on LinkedIn, started this blog, and subscribed to all sorts of interesting and relevant RSS feeds, to say nothing of email correspondence and catching up with friends on Facebook. Some of this is work-related, and can legitimately be done in working hours, but lots of it is not, and my lunch break is a finite resource. Throw in busy evenings and weekends, and it’s clear that I’m rapidly losing control.
How to go about addressing all this? Having a smart phone does at least allow me to use odd moments to check things out, though this is really limited to filling the odd few minutes here and there, and I commute to work by bicycle so no opportunities for reading then! I’m currently struggling to come up with a workable solution, and in my most gloomy moments I’m tempted to just abandon the whole lot – though on balance I think that would effectively be cutting off my nose to spite my face.
So, here are some of my questions, and I’d really appreciate it if you could let me know your thoughts or strategies in the comments.
- How do you keep up without burning out?
- How do you separate the useful content from the merely interesting?
- How do you catch up when you’ve been away from it all for a while?
- Do you use a platform to bring these things together (eg. Brizzly, HootSuite, etc)?
- Are there any other questions I should be asking?
- Am I taking it all too seriously?
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