Someone who called this his digital heaven. WTF?
I’m as serious as a heart attack though. This can be an amazing space to learn, grow and flourish, but it also has more time sucking power than a black hole.
And you may be like that fuzzy little guy running on the wheel with no end in sight.
Think about it.
Are you enjoying your time here? Or, has it become a daily chore? An act of drudgery?
If the later is your answer, it’s time to jump off this monster of a wheel and do some soul searching.
I don’t want to get all dramatic on your ass, but you do get what I’m saying, right?
If you’re engaging in one or more of the activities listed below on a daily basis, it might be a good idea to “punch out” for a spell.
1. You’re spending all your time consuming versus producing.
If you don’t know why you’re here, maybe you’re spending too many hours in the bubble, reading away but never acting.
Avoidance results in zero progress and most social media activity is avoidance.
And if you have no plan, maybe you should untether from social for a while. Give yourself a break and experience life.
Or, maybe do the following each morning:
Write. Create. Plan.
Stop reading email first thing in the morning. You can stand to ignore Facebook and Twitter for a few hours too.
If I start my day with email and social media, it’s almost a guarantee that I’ll be unproductive and this kind of thing can suck the life right out of you. This process sets the tone for the day and can make a potentially good day a crap day.
Yes, social can be a wonderful playground, but it can also become an endless mill of consumption.
Start your day in creation mode.
2. There are a million other things you’d rather be doing.
I can’t wait to write every day, and have a hard time stopping. But I like to think writing is a worthwhile pursuit.
Is writing more pain than pleasure? Has blogging become drudgery?
You know how I feel about embracing discomfort, but the type of pain above will simply suck you dry. If the practice is weighing you down, it might be time to take a social media vacation and reevaluate why in the hell you’re doing this.
Do you think your brain is wired for this shit? Me neither. If blogging is making you unhappy, please do yourself a favor and stop or back off.
3. You read nothing but blogs.
Yes, I know this might read like anathema to the social crowd, but it’s a hard truth.
Reading, sharing, commenting. It’s all good, but if your only reading list originates from your Google Reader, you need to make some changes.
I know some insanely creative bloggers – Artists, writers, marketers and community builders. But there’s also a crap ton to sort through. And if all your day is spent consuming post after post after post, where’s it gonna get ya?
If your goal is to produce the best content you can, read as many books as you can get your little hands on. Give your RSS feed a rest and start here.
4. You don’t feel a sense of purpose.
This isn’t about money or emulating Mother Teresa. But it does concern you and why you’re here.
Can you define it? Are you on the cusp of “it?”
Listen. I think the social web is a ferociously creative place. It’s changed my life for the better, but I don’t feel like I’m wasting my time.
If you’ve been here for a while and you’re not growing, why not examine your reasons. Maybe you’ll find there’s no good reason.
Or maybe it’s time to shut down your laptop and go back to the drawing board.
Perhaps a little break is all you need. And you soon come back rejuvenated and ready to do some major league ass kicking.
5. You care too much.
About what other people think, that is.
Um, people are judging you all the time. Yep, they are … so what? Do you worry about ever little thing you write? Worried you might offend?
Plus this judgment is usually superficial and they generally couldn’t care less, really. They hate and move on to the next punching bag. Not to burst your self-important little bubble, but that’s the fact, Jack.
If you’re crowding your brain with this useless nonsense, you’re stifling your creativity.
I’m not saying you need to drop more F-bombs than Chris Rock or be the second coming of Sam Kinison, just be YOU, that’s all.
This is a big one for me, because the social web can kind of grind you down this way. One day you’re ready to unleash a big ol’ can of whoopass and the next, your a blogging eunuch.
That hurt, right?
It’s blogging folks. Stop over-filtering and just say it. This isn’t giving you the green light to offend. It’s not like that and you know it. Just stop worrying, that’s it.
I just want you to enjoy your time here and make things happen.
Please do hit me with some bits of wisdom in the comments below.