It doesn’t matter how big or small of a fish you are on instagram or YouTube or twitter. Every time you click POST or PUBLISH... you are contributing to the culture. Every time you are opening up an app and scrolling your feed... you are feeding your mind with knowledge. What you put out and what you take in is vital. Regardless of who you are, YOU ARE HERE TO CREATE. How to not let social media disrupt your creative flow?
It’s really hard to create when the pull of social media is there. Not just to be seen but to see what else is out there. The need to post something or to view posts takes us away from the present moment - which is where all creativity takes place. We can only create authentically when we’re present. Not when distracted.
I said authentically. Because we don’t want to create with noise in our minds. You might have the sound of music playing but you don’t want your creative flow to be interrupted by the frenzied need to post or the indiscriminate noise of your social media.
What if ... what if we didn’t have social media. I know what that was like. I wasn’t missing out because it didn't exist during my early creative years.
Now? I consider my social media morning afternoon and evening. And I feel the difference. I’m not free to create and just BE without interruption. But how can social media help me to create? How can these constant interruptions actually be part of my creative process?
Curate. Curate the noise. Curate your content.
I only post what I'm creating. I only view what inspires me. And I know exactly when any of my feeds begin to hurt my head!
1. Only take in what will fuel your creativity. So start to tweak what you’re seeing and the posts you want to get notified about.
2. Only post what’s close to you and your heart. Don’t add noise ... contribute what you create. Create and curate your content. Plan the drops of art or music you want to put out there in line with who you really are.
Since I'm focused on the content I am writing, producing, recording, editing and creating, even my spontaneous unplanned posts are about 'my art'. I don't depart so my focus remains where it needs to ... even with socials. In fact, my daily afternoon and evening posts are my deadlines for when I upload to youtube and to my sites.
Checking-in with your daily creativity and output will actually dictate how YOU use socials ... not how socials use and utilise you and your attention. Try these steps to make social media work for you without having to throw the baby out with the bath water.