So last night I went to sleep and thought, “Yikes. I am NEVER going to catch up.” It’s a feeling that hangs over me like a cloud. It’s a feeling I also experience frequently.
Catch up on what, you ask? Everything. I feel I’m submerged in the requirements of a “to-do” list that gets longer and longer. The weekend is here, and I know I could fill every hour doing something else for my business. For me, there is no “9 to 5.”
Social media overload
Social networking has provided innumerable opportunities, but it’s also at the root of my angst because of social media overload. Since its advent, I’ve spent countless weekends learning by doing, and I consider myself fairly proficient if self-taught. It’s been a long learning curve for me and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. Still, I “could have” more “Likes” on my Facebook page and for sure, more Twitter followers—I haven’t really embraced Twitter, because I don’t really see us boomers “feeling the love” for this tool. I need to get really good at using Google+ but right now, I need a tutor to save me time. I haven’t even broached Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, Digg, StumbleUpon and their cousins.
LinkedIn rocks: It’s a very useful platform and is a great way to find people for professional reasons. I’m a “Premium” member, which allows me to send InMails to people I don’t know. That’s quite a perk. Try it if you’re looking to connect, looking for a job, or just want to reach out to people you admire and want to know more about.
Content is king
Maybe there’s a reason I feel I can’t stay on top of the latest news, information and changes in social media. I’m in the business of content and I do my own sharing every day—I am guilty as charged!
According to the folks at LikeHack.com, most social media users consume 285 pieces of content daily. We process 63 percent “text” and 37 percent “media”—like video and pictures. Apparently 54,000 words are dumped on us daily along with 443 minutes of videos. To process all that would require 12 hours.
How are you faring?
Hey! Now I know why I’m feeling a little overwhelmed even though I’m among what’s termed a “normal user,” who receives 0 – 100 links a day. I don’t have a spare 12 hours for this. Do you?
Thing is, I’m also feeling abnormally deficient, like I should do more, more and more. I find myself wondering where it will all end. Looks like it never will.
Tell me how you’re managing—I welcome your tips here. I want to get better.
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