Social media addiction is something I’ve struggled with for years. When I start to feel my thoughts influenced by those online and consuming content mindlessly constantly, then I know there’s a problem.
In this video and blog post I talk about the three steps you can use to control social media overuse.
Step One: Acceptance
The first step is accepting you have a problem. There’s a reason that people say this. No need to get all melodramatic about it, but you do have to accept that “Yeah, I am a little addicted to this.”
You need to accept it and you need to say, “I’m going to do something about this.”
STEP TWO: QUIT
The second step is to quit cold turkey. Don’t delete your profile. You don’t need to do that. A part that keeps people from diving in is that you’re afraid to quit. You don’t want to delete all those years of history. You don’t need to delete your account to quit.
On Facebook some people have been asking me “How do you add an admin to a Facebook page?”
Am I doing too much?
A few weeks ago I was underemployed and struggling to get any freelance projects off the ground. Through weekly talk therapy and an amazing support system I was keeping focused on the opportunities rather than dwelling on all the little things that kept not working on. Then suddenly the pace shifted.
A lot of the books that I read in high school are some of my favorite books but I don't actually remember very much about them. This one is 1984.
Let me start with this admission: I want to be successful.
To some that might sound obvious, but in other crowds the word “success” is a dirty one. Artists and working class friends sneer at the idea as selfish and unaware.
Some of success is money. Enough money to make decisions with your money rather than your money making decisions for you.
One of my favorite songs by a Pittsburgh musician (Crisp Lake), and friend of mine, says “When you see the wheel, I hope you know which way to steer.” I hope so too.
That song wasn’t written about me. He wrote it before we ever met. However, I always feel like that line is speaking at me directly.
I am the artist friend who focuses a lot more than my friends on the business aspect of the field. A lot of the time I’m made to feel like a sellout either directly or indirectly.
A lot of my time is spent on self-improvement. I’m a bit of a workaholic, but even work-life balance is something I’m committed to figuring out. Maybe I’m a control freak because I want to control every facet of my life.
Do you feel like your Facebook page or website aren't helping your business as much as it used to?
The cost of getting your posts out to your audience have skyrocketed.
Website trends keep moving ahead at light speeds.
eCommerce is a huge beast that takes time commitment to set up and manage.
The system is not rigged against you; the system has just evolved with more competition online. The internet is capitalism in it's truest form.
It has now become a business by itself just to keep up with the rapid changes happening with Facebook, YouTube, Websites, eCommerce, and the ecosystem as a whole. (I know because that is my business.)
You need one of two resources for online marketing: Time or Money.