Sometimes you just need to take a break. The last few weeks I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed and that I haven’t got enough time to do anything despite how much planning and working I’m doing. The truth is I’m actually doing okay and meeting targets but lately I just feel that there is too much to keep up with. Maybe it’s FOMO, maybe it Impostor Syndrome in reality it’s probably a combo of both. There’s a lot going on right in the world and it can be hard to focus on your priorities without feeling guilty over ignoring other stuff. I run an internet based business and on Monday night the broadband went down and secretly I was quite relieved, it was out of my hands, there was nothing I could do, I then I realised it doesn’t have to be this way and by that I mean I don’t have to keep up to date with every single piece of news, I don’t have to know about every thing your kid did, and I don’t have to respond to every message/email right away.
It is so easy to get caught up the tide of things and get swept away, and then suddenly feel out of your depth. It’s all too easy and all too common, especially when there are so many articles and expert telling you how it should be done. Now don’t get me wrong I love the Internet, it’s a powerful of communication and knowledge and it’s made the world better and worse in equal parts but you still need to take a break sometimes so that you can refocus your energy to the places that need it most. So I found myself yesterday deleting a bunch of apps and turning of notifications. I deleted messenger the other day (mainly because I don’t use it) and also binned the FB app on my phone because you just find yourself mindlessly scrolling through repeatedly in the hope that someone has posted something vaguely interesting, and the only item people like your statuses or interact with one your posts is when you post a picture of your cat!
So I’m streamlining my accounts. Yeah I know I did a whole post on why I have separate accounts for everything but who knew as things got busier that would mean more work right? Yes I know I need to be less sarcastic but now I’m focusing on one twitter account which means trying to strike the balance between personal and professional without pissing off or boring everyone! Cue stepping back and taking a long hard think about it and maybe not tweet every god damned opinion in my head! This has not worked so far as now my main twitter feed is a mix of crafting and politics and I have an opinion on everything!
Pull back on promoting! This sounds like business suicide but you know I believe that you can over promote stuff. At times like these I look to when I’m customer and what annoys me, you know what too many promo emails! I also looked at my favourite accounts and why they are that way and it’s because they are an interesting mix of personal and professional. It can be done. Variety is the spice of life and all that. I also unsubscribed to a bunch of them mostly to also stop enabling me to buy stuff because let’s face it I’m week and I love a good bargain and pretty things!
Delete accounts/people that I don’t interact or serve me no purpose and by that I’m mostly talking about hyper negative people where there is always something wrong, and never take ownership, negativity disguised as a form of constructive criticism ie they know better that you and make you feel like you’re failing! Sometimes there is too much external noise and influence and you just need to shut it up. I get in some cases that people are trying to be helpful but sometimes they can just make you feel a little stupid as well!
Figure out what I want to focus on. My Blog, My shop and my Instagram that’s it. They are my three main focuses of my business I want to concentrate on this year. I’ve found FB pages to be a waste of time, unless you got the funds to pay constantly for audience reaches but even then that doesn’t always work. I like twitter but I want to keep it as tool for interacting, socialising and networking, it’s also my go to newsfeed, it’s literally where I find out something major has happened. I haven’t actually read a mainstream newspaper or website in years!! I also use IFTTT to auto post to most of accounts so at least I don’t have to worry about that scheduling stuff too much.
But mostly the next few months I’m going to concentrate getting all my work projects done instead of harping on about how much I have to do instead. I do have a pretty long to do list for this year and I need to test and try as many of these projects as possible to hep me find my focus/area. I will be blogging because I’ve always loved it and I just like to write a bout stuff but it’s not my source of income and for the time being I’m just gonna keep it my personal blog. Instagram because I like it despite the stupid algorithm, I like taking photos, I like looking at photos, and I like Instastories, though Boomerang makes me feel a little sea sick at times! If you see me procrastinating around on the internet too much feel free to give me a stern reminder that I’m supposed to be working!
I still want to focus some on my time to being a better activist in the things I care about as well, maybe this will now help me to find that time without feeling so overwhelmed.
I’ll let you know how it goes!