Community – How to Stay Connected During the Holidays
Nov 27, 2017
You have spent months building a community, whether on Facebook or Instagram, and now it’s time to unplug and relax for the holidays. EXCEPT you have a little voice in the back of your head whispering, “If you leave, so will they...if you’re not there, no one will come.” A serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out) with your community and someone stealing them and then none of the dreams or plans you have for 2018 will come true.
Before you start to panic, let’s pause and evaluate simple ways to stay connected during the holiday season while being unplugged. First, remember your priorities. You have probably already done this but just in case you haven’t, hop on OVER HERE and check out my blog on how to prioritize your to-do list and schedule. Then, come back and we will get you ready for the holidays.
Ok, so being fully engaged in the holiday season is important to you. Not being tied up with work needlessly is a BIG priority. However, you love the community you’ve started to build and don’t want to lose momentum. Here are 3 simple ways to keep traction during the holiday season:
1. Consistency: Decide when you are going to show up and do so. At least 2 or 3 times a week be present on social media with your community. The most important thing is to not falling off the planet because out of sight is out of mind. It does not mean you have to be online every minute of every day. Set a reminder on your phone on the days you want to be online and make it for a time that works for YOU. If you know there will be a lot of cookie baking and shopping, mid-mornings won’t work. Either hop on first thing in the a.m. (encouragement, motivation, inspiration, gratitude) or at night before bed (reflection, preparation, share a moment from the day). Also, you can change it as you go if a certain time becomes an issue, be flexible and creative. Most of all, be consistent :).
2. Remember those who came before: If you are unplugging more than usual (like vacation mode unplug) it’s a great time to connect with previous clients and people in your tribe. As well as collaborators, online friends, and mentors. Take time to truly acknowledge those who have helped you get where you are today. Spending time in these relationships will allow you the freedom to dream of where the next year will take you and the NEW relationships you are excited to build. Fill up your (and their) cup as you boldly step into the next year.
3. Giveaway: Be generous with those who have been part of your journey. Also, it’s a great way to bring in new people before the end of the year. I chose to do a Bookfest, gave away 6 books that transformed my previous year. If you want to see how I did it, come on over here and be inspired by your community.
My hope is to alleviate any guilt or stress or FOMO around the choice to unplug this holiday season. Whatever your last 30 days of the year look like, design them in a way that feels right to you and know, it IS possible to stay connected in the midst of unplugging :).
Did you like these tips? If so, check out some more of my free resources over here. Happy Holidays!
One of my joys is being able to show women how to streamline their days so they can leave a legacy. Another passion is adventuring with my 3 littles in princess quests and epic dragon battles while pursuing an 80+ year marriage with my supportive husband. The online space has become a great journey and I’m delighted to be here with you all .