Everyone is going to tell you to be thinner, to do more, and to mold yourself into a better person for the new year. People will offer up lists of ways that you can organize and prioritize your resolutions. However, from my point of view, this is wrong thinking. This year, for my New Year’s resolution, I am resolving to do less.
Instead of resolutions like eat fewer carbs or stop smoking, here are mine, broken down.
If you need justification for not doing New Year’s Resolutions at all, here are a few:
- Resolutions Can Harm Mental Health
- New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work and Here’s Why
- New Year’s Resolutions Are Bad For You
One. Change Pinterest Board Covers Quarterly
Previously, I was changing my Pinterest board covers every month. Here’s why it’s a good idea to change Pinterest board covers. And the last day of every month, I’d be up half the night looking for perfect board covers. This year, I’m resolving to change them once a quarter. So, for instance, I’ll be doing all white board covers starting in January. To make this even easier, I created a secret board called “White.” It’s already got enough white pins so that I won’t be up all night! For Spring, I’ll create another secret board (maybe green), and so on. Four per year. Not twelve.
Two. Fewer Scheduled Tweets and More Tweets Without Links
On Twitter, I’ll be posting fewer scheduled tweets, and adding some that are tips without links. As my friend, Bridget Willard says, having a link in every tweet requires a lot from your followers. And I agree. The additional benefit is there is no link to check and recheck if I reuse that same tweet later. Another benefit of linkless tweets is that they tend to foster conversation.
You can search in your stream for tweets without links by adding -http to your search term. For instance, search: “startups -http” to find people talking about startups.
By the way, Bridget has a terrific series of Guru Minutes on YouTube, and you can follow her here:
Bridget Willard’s Guru Minute on YouTube
Three. Get Offline on Sundays
Another social media resolution is to get completely offline on Sundays. Previously, I’d be checking in and pinning, tweeting, or posting on Sundays. This resolution does require getting everything scheduled on Friday, rather than Sunday.
Four. Sleep More
What to do with all this extra time, you may ask? Sleep! Being a social media manager requires a lot of attention to detail. Posting and engaging with people can be exhausting if you’re working on a lot of accounts. Your job is probably the same way. My bestie Amy Donohue (follow her on Twitter at @TheFabSocial) goes to sleep early, and has influenced me to do the same.
Here are some articles about sleep that you may enjoy:
- Why Sleep Is So Important For Problem Solving And Creativity
- 23 Incredible Benefits of Getting More Sleep
- The Power of Sleep
So here’s the part where I ask you about what you think, and whether you have any social media resolutions. I’d love to hear from you. That is, unless it cuts into your nap time!