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I deactivated my Twitter account - so what? - 15th May 2018
I'm not sure if I had a rush of blood to the head, but last week I suddenly decided I didn't need Twitter in my life any more. So I deactivated my account. Apparently I have 30 days to change my mind. I know I won't do that.
Read on if you want to know what that has to do with decluttering!
As a solo-preneur, there is a lot of 'advice' out there about making your business visible and of course these days that includes social media in addition to any other kind of marketing.
Before my adrenal exhaustion hit me I was attending regular networking events. The pattern seemed to be, meet new people then connect with them on Twitter and LinkedIn and of course to like each other's business pages on Facebook. Everyone else did it, so I did it without questioning it.
Gradually I began to realise that this way of operating just didn't suit me
Firstly, Twitter required me to express myself in 140 characters or less. Hmmm, that was a challenge. If you read these blogs, try to imagine me being succinct. Yes, exactly! So I found I was only active on Twitter to share content from other platforms, such as this blog.
Secondly, I felt like I was trying to be everywhere at once. A bit like just being too busy and having too many appointments, but it was all happening in a digital sense. I got e-mail notifications of what was happening in Twitter land, presumably this was how I'd inadvertently set up my account. The point is, every time I saw these notifications I felt anxious at some level. It felt like action was required on my part, but I didn't really have the enthusiasm or time to engage. So I deleted the e-mails and ignored their clammering voices.
Ignoring Twitter wasn't enough
Then last week I just thought to myself, why on earth do I still have this account?
I was fed up deleting the e-mails, I couldn't remember the last time I'd posted any content. I'd never found it a pleasurable place to be, unlike Facebook, for instance.
It was easy to deactivate the account, and immediately I felt a huge sense of relief. I had decluttered Twitter. What also struck me was that it is always the decluttering itself that brings a change in how you feel. Twitter was hardly prominent in my life, nor under my feet in any sense, it was fairly quietly in the background. So much clutter in life is like this. Despite its relatively low level presence the key thing is that my subconscious knew it was there and felt it as a burden.
Keywords: social media, overwhelm