Social Media Marketing – Time Wasting ?
This great video will help you to understand what’s happening with your brain, make sure you come back and read the rest of my post though without being distracted!
What I realised was that my brain had actually got used to this ridiculous random behaviour of checking emails, messages and social media profiles over a hundred times a day.
As an avid Taichichuan practitioner this social media technology ADHD is completely out of character and has been something my subconscious mind has been snowed under with for the last three years.
Fortunately my daily exercise regime has enabled me to break free from the constant barrage of thoughts that keep coming at me when working on a task, or at least attempting to!
This week I attended and IBM event and whilst I was tweeting, taking pictures and attempting to listen to what the speakers were saying I noticed that the speakers looked kind of miffed that so many people were not actually making eye contact with them but looking at their gadgets too.
This then got me thinking how about I take a tech break for at least an evening, to see what sanity I may be able to take back; like a lot of people in social media I check my phone first thing in the morning and probably last thing at night. Time out is needed to find clarity and plan out a work schedule as I cannot live like this any more!
I decided against all advice from some of the social media gurus that I know to setup an auto-responder from my Twitter account announcing this to anyone who sent me a tweet, the autoresponder was just unashamedly one tweet embedded here is the tweet and a few responses.
— ✈NatSchooler (@NatSchooler) September 20, 2014
— Fernando Salas (@FernandoSalasNY) September 21, 2014
— Robert D. Watkins (@rdwatkins) September 20, 2014
This was the second out of office Twitter autoresponder that we had setup, the first one we did when I went sailing a few weeks back and people kept tweeting me back asking me where I had gone. That was a bit of a pain and it defeated the object, which was to take a break.
I switched my phone off knowing that my new colleague Kate had total control of the @SocialDojoTeam account which was being copied in with the auto tweet.
This was an exciting prospect as it didn’t remove the human aspect entirely and gave people the opportunity to chat to Kate if they really want a conversation about what we do and how we can help them.
So last night I spent with an old friend and his family relaxing drinking some wine and discussing his up and coming move to the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Being an acupuncturist, martial artist and musician he has also some experience with managing his own marketing campaigns and being affected by technology addiction also. I’m really excited to go and visit him to discuss this subject again with him again.
He totally gets the ideas that IBM were discussing during their presentations on Thursday read my blog on automation here http://wp.me/p4VJ0j-6m
He actually understands the fact that marketing campaigns will be and are pretty much becoming all automated these days, leading consumers to the point of purchase….I didn’t discuss the automated virtual assistant that I am waiting to arrive as this may have been a step too far! lol
Here are a few resources for you to fix your mind and understand what’s happening if you do have a problem with technology addiction and how to also fix your productivity. If you found my blog interesting please comment below or Tweet me up @natschooler for some help to give you the freedom you deserve and create the results you require.