Here is a twist. This week, I will be starting my series called: Business Advice. As a self-employed entrepreneur, I have learned many things the hard way. The truth is, it doesn't need to be so hard! I have decided to offer some tips and tricks that have helped me grow a profitable bookkeeping business, a cardmaking business, and a singer/songwriter business in the past decade.
This first topic is more of an opinion, but I wanted to touch upon DM's. The feature appeared out of nowhere (for me as a digital consumer), and has added immense pressure to my life. Maybe some of you feel the way I do and do not need more on your to-do-list. The worst possible feature ever is that people can see when you have read the message and then there is a dreaded obligation to respond! Instagram, you should heavily reconsider that feature.
One thing I have noticed is that no one seems to know when or how to end a DM conversation. It just drags on with a back and forth of hearts and the same comment being repeated over and over in different ways. A conversation may go something like this:
Person 1: How are you doing?
Person 2: Well, and you?
Person 1: I am great thanks!
Person 2: Wonderful!
Person 1: It sure is!
And so on and so forth. Now I am not saying that I have the best solution. I just have an idea of a solution. Social media and texts have made everyone feel as if they need to respond in real-time. But think for a moment, if it was a real conversation it would end naturally with the conversation. The level of distance in phone communications makes us feel like everything garners a response when it truly doesn't.
So my go-to advice is: Just end the conversation.
Someone has to do it. Why not let it be you? Just say, "It's been great chatting, have a wonderful week!" and when they reply "You too.", don't heart it, because that conversation will just keep dragging out and they will feel the need to reply. Don't spend time feeling bad because you have other things to do anyway.
What is something you could simplify or stop doing in your life today?