It’s 2016, and most of us probably made New Year’s resolutions. I certainly did, now I just have to make sure I stick to it and do it!
However, at the dawn of a new year, there’s always a long list of things you want to make sure you do. One of the things on my list is to narrow down the list of apps and services on which I’m available.
When “always on” means getting less done
The list seems to grow every year. There are new social media platforms that you need to have a profile on, and there are even more collaboration tools. Sometimes I find myself signing up for yet another collaboration tool, like Slack, Evernote, Trello, Asana, Huddle, or Pocket. There are social media tools for internal and external presences, and platforms for my professional and social lives, like, Yammer, Hipchat, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat, and the list goes on!
I’ve even found myself signing up to services that allow me to publish on multiple channels using one simple service, like Falcon Social, Hootsuite, or Tweetdeck, just to mention a few!
My concern is that I will end up on yet another service that will let me manage my social media services. I’ve even partly given up reading Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter every day; now I simply go through Flipboard and Feedly, where I get my daily dose of news.
Do you dare miss out on a few services?
There’s always a fear of missing out, but do you really have to spend so much time on all these tools and sites? You have to stay alert, and it shouldn’t be difficult for your clients to get in touch with you. Less is more, particularly when it comes to the number of active collaboration tools and social media tools you monitor and update.
The list of social networking sites has grown to over 200 (20 of which have more than 30 million users), and even the number of Virtual Communities with over 100 million active users has grown to over 17 sites. How many should I respond to, and how many am I expected to be present on?
Now it is time to narrow down the list. My goal is to use just a few of these services. Of course, classic communication methods, like email and phone, are still on my list.
For my professional and personal use, I’m still pretty fund of LinkedIn and Twitter. As a collaboration tool, I’ll try Slack this year. Remember, this is not a promise but a wish. This time next year, I’ll tell you if I succeeded!
If you have any comments and/or questions, I’d be happy to chat either here or via email (that still works for me—I guess I’m old fashioned)!