Hi. My name is Amber and I’m a prisoner to my schedule. I’m also something of a social media addict. I don’t know which came first: the job or the addiction to be quite frank. Neither here nor there, truth be told. There’s something I’ve noticed as a trend with social media pros. Our job is also our entertainment. While there are times that I definitely enjoy just breaking away, the reason social media has exploded the way it has is because we love being connected with others, right?
I don’t have a family, but I do know myself well enough to know that I’m a workaholic. Workaholics often get their priorities all sorts of screwed up. I wake up at around 7. Immediately, I pick up my phone to check my morning schedule, see if I’ve missed texts, emails or social media messages from clients. Return said calls, texts and emails. Some days, I’ll then reach over, pick up my laptop and start working right there in bed before even getting up to brush my teeth and start my morning routine.
We live in a world obsessed with technology. It feeds our never ending narcissism. The more we get, the more we crave. In the meantime though, what we’re doing is alienating the very people we’re trying to stay connected via a multitude of social media platforms. We’re so sucked into our computers and phones that we fail to recognize the beauty of the person that’s sitting right in front of us.
I’ve found that what I have to do (as bad as I know it sounds) is schedule alone time. I said at the beginning of all of this – I live by my schedule. If I don’t set aside 30 minutes to step away and go for a walk, I’ll end up a vitamin D deprived mess. If I don’t schedule time to spend in prayer or meditation, my spiritual walk goes straight down the toilet. If I don’t schedule time to be with friends, I end up alienating them.
I know this isn’t much of a “how to” guide to making your social media more effective – but sometimes we have to take care of each other. Give one another a gentle reminder that there’s more to life than the monitor we sit in front of 12-14 hours a day. Hopefully I’ve given you a swift kick in the butt to push back that chair, open the front door – and appreciate the life we’re helping other people live.