Is Social Media Your Servant Or Your Master?

This past Monday, I published a post entitled: How To Set Yourself Up For A Successful 2012. It was a rather lengthy post, capping out at 2194 words. With the deluge of information that we receive on a daily basis, I am afraid that it was not in a “bite-size” format for proper digestion.

So here is my solution. I am so passionate about sharing the things I included in the original post, that I want to re-visit each item. But — I am going to allocate each item a specific post. These posts will be short, bite-size, small enough for proper digestion, one day at a time. If you want to read the whole post through in one sitting, click here to read it. Today I want to share with you a few quick things about how I make sure that social media remains my servant and not my master.

Control social media instead of it controlling you. I love social media just as much as you do. I believe it is a great tool to connect with people and to influence the way people think.

It can also be a great time waster. This is also true with any technology or gadget.

Here is the big idea today:

Let technology and social media be your servant and not your master.

Allow it to obey you and not the other way around. Using the principle of the time blocks that I mentioned in this post, I include time to check my Facebook, respond to comments and read the blogs I subscribe to via my RSS reader.

If I am working on a project, I intentionally close out every single social media tab that I can on my web browser.

None of them are opened until the alloted time.

I even turn off the sound ringer on my phone so as to create an atmosphere of minimum distraction and maximum productivity.

Question: What steps do you practically take to allow social media and technology to serve you and disallow it to master you? 


3 responses to “Is Social Media Your Servant Or Your Master?”

  1. […] of the great things about social media is that I have been able to meet so many awesome people – people that I might have otherwise […]

  2. I wanted to let you know that I came to your blog after getting an invitation from you on Twitter. I appreciated reading the blog about ‘social media etiquette’ and also the one about ‘servant or master’? II have been struggling with these things. I need to complete homework for a Biblical Counseling class that I took Jan-June. I have 1 year to complete the work and take the exam, but am fully aware that the time will pass quickly. I often respond to friends posts to encourage, edify, etc. But it does take time to respond thoughtfully. Have had friends tell me either that they aren’t on FB “that much”, so they don’t look at my posts (but they do post the things they want to share) or that they have been following me (but they don’t take the time to comment), so of course I have no idea. I have noticed that many people post pictures either of themselves, their grandchildren, their pets or causes that they are passionate about, but not much about what is really going on in their lives. Also interesting how many likes I get when I post pictures of a sunset, our new kitten or myself (I try not to over do any one particular thing), but I see fewer likes on Christian content. Am fully convinced that if I’m silent, the rocks will cry out! 🙂

    1. All very true observations!

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