Being a community manager means spending a lot of time in social media communities. Unfortunately, if you spend too much time in them – you will dry up your creativity quickly. If you are anything like me, you have to schedule fun. (Yes, it’s really blocked off on my calendar) Getting offline is important – it helps you engage in things outside of your bubble and balance your life.
Plus, I get my best ideas when I’m doing something completely different from the current project or problem.
In honor of June – here are a few offline things I’m doing this summer:
- Reading. I love reading. Everything. People always ask me what I recommend and sometimes I’m shocked when I realize I’m not reading anything. I used to read three or four books at a time all the time. So I’m reading classics, new books from the NY Times Book Review and compiling a Lifetime Reading List.
- Pies. I love baking. But, I’m trying to eat healthier, so making 2 dozen cupcakes is not the best way to help myself. So this is the summer of PIE. I already made an apple pie from scratch. Next up, blueberry pie or shepherd’s pie. (hey it still has pie in the name!)
- Exploring. Every time I leave NYC, I realize how much I love it. Still, I get swept up into work and don’t get the chance to get out and try something different. So each week – I do something different and force myself to go somewhere new. Like this week – I’m going to Golden Girls/Designing Women trivia night.
- Running. Last year I came in dead last in a 5 mile race. I’m not a runner, but I wish I was. Runners say that signing up for a race helps you get your butt in gear. So I signed up for the same 5 mile race AGAIN at the end of the month and now have 19 days to train so I can come in at least SECOND to last.
- Crafting. I love making things. I took a hiatus while in school and really miss making things. So I’ve started a few craft projects that HOPEFULLY will get done by Christmas. (This includes finally finishing a college scrapbook, two knitted scarves and sewing a quilt)