My Social Media Hiatus

I’ll be the first to admit, I have a slight social media addiction.

I see it as a good thing.

I don’t think I’d be writing a blog, or have discovered any of the amazing business and non-profit leaders I follow without social media.

When I had a really hard time at a former job, a huge loss in my personal life, and some amazing personal and professional accomplishments, my social media family has been there to listen, commiserate, support, and cheer with me. And I love it.

This week social media has gotten a little ugly, and I felt I needed to step away.

It’s pretty clear which political direction I lean, and the federal government shut down has me really upset. A lot of people on both sides of the aisle are equally upset. I found myself being less and less tolerant of social media posts from both sides which were errant, propagandist, and incendiary. Social media was making me angry.

So I posted on both twitter and Facebook that I was signing off until a continuing resolution is passed. And then I posted a photo of my puppy.

That was about 36 hours ago, and yes, I am still twitching. I had a major fundraising win yesterday, and I shared it with my work and home families, but I wanted to share it with my 3,000 other “friends.”  I wanted to share boring stories of updating my operating system last night, because my husband really didn’t care how long it was taking me (bless his heart, he did listen to my whining).

Last night, I tore into two books I had started months ago – started them both from the beginning, and felt inspired. I cleaned out my inbox, listened to a podcast, and started writing and outlining a few blog posts.  Wow – productivity.

Like everyone else, I’m hoping that this shutdown is quickly rectified, for many reasons. But at least I’m forcing myself out of my comfort zone and getting things done that I’ve complained I don’t have time for (there’s another blog post), and feeling more relaxed.

Note: I did troll Facebook a bit last night – not posting anything. I saw that a friend on the opposite end of the political spectrum said he too was signing off Facebook for a bit, as he was “starting to not like people I like.”  It’s a shame it’s so polarizing, but I think he and I will both be better for it in the long run (and it coincides with the start of NHL season, so maybe I’ll get back into the Avs)!

Now, it’s back to a little twitching and getting more real work done!

The Small Development Shop

Does this describe you?

  • Your development team is small (OK – it’s really just you, and maybe a volunteer, intern or part time staff if you are super lucky).
  • Your to-do list has at least 20 “important” items at one time (not including the ones you write once you’ve completed, to feel you’ve done something productive today).
  • Your to-do list includes tasks and projects you know you really want to do, but you can’t find the time, energy, resources, or bandwidth to complete.
  • Your email inbox has no fewer than 100 items in it (make that 100 unread items – that you’ll get to someday).
  • You have a list of webinars (missed), books (stacking up), and blogs you know will help you, but you just never have the time to get to them.

I’ve spent the last six months in my new position facing all of these challenges, and playing with productivity tools, while writing comprehensive development and communications plans. Am I always on track? Heck no. Am I accomplishing a lot more than ever? Heck yeah.

My goal over the next few weeks is to help you get through these challenges we all have, while working on a killer development plan for 2014, if you haven’t already. I’m compiling some reviews of apps and productivity systems, some tips for planning, and stealing borrowing from some of my favorite non-profit experts and business leaders along the way.

If you’re wondering how I could possibly have time myself for this, I gave up social media for the week and was amazingly able to come up with about 15 blog post ideas in about 6 minutes. I’ll be writing about my social media hiatus – and how painful and perfect it is in an upcoming post.

In the mean time, forge ahead on those lists!