There’s so much social media advice out there. Search for like-minded people. Join in on conversations…but only the ones you can add something to. Automate your tweets. Don’t automate your tweets. Be interesting. Provide value… it’s enough to make your head spin!
For the past nine months, I’ve been working on a theory about the relationship between personality type and productivity strategies. I’ve been using it myself and I’ve taught it to clients and friends. They’re surprised when they realize how much easier their lives are when their productivity strategies are in tune with their natural personalities. And they’re realizing that it can be applied to almost every area of their businesses – including social media.
There are four personality types in the theory – the fantastical, environmental, analytical and the structural. Most online entrepreneurs are either fantastical or analytical. The fantastical is a creative problem solver and the analytical is goal oriented and motivated by success. The environmental type is fueled by the people around him, and the structural type is a natural organizer.
What type do you think you are? Take a guess at your type and check out the social media recommendations below!
Fantastical – Tell your people what you’re up to! Chances are it’s something fascinating and others will be interested in following along. Don’t worry so much if you’re not on social networks all the time – just engage when you’re around and let people know when you’re not.
Environmental – You take to social networking like a fish to water! Your challenge isn’t being more effective, but making sure that you don’t spend all your time chatting with your new friends online. Use social networking time as a reward to get yourself through tasks that aren’t so fun, and set some timers so that you don’t lose track of the clock.
Analytical – Lists are your friends! Take advantage of your ability to sort your friends and followers into groups so that you can maximize your time on the most influential people in your network. As tempting as it is, don’t try to outsource your social media time – people will eventually figure out if you’re not the one behind the tweets, and your reputation will be shot.
Structural – Keep your circles tight! Chances are that you know exactly how many people are in your networks and you have a pretty good idea of who they might be connected to. But all that information will get overwhelming if you don’t keep it organized and stay on top of who’s coming into your networks and why.
Handling social media according to your personality type helps you come across as authentic, instead of having a fake veneer of interest or simply programming your tweets in advance. People can tell when you’re truly engaged, and staying true to your personality will up your engagement and help you attract friends and followers.
If you’re interested in knowing more about the personality productivity theory and your type, come over to Personalized Productivity and take our free quiz! You’ll get a definite answer and tips on time management, organization and productivity that are customized to your personality type.