At Office Assistance Plus, we are Marie Kondo fans! I am trained in the KonMari Method: Fundamentals of Tidying Course and I studied Joy at Work so we can help you, our colleagues and clients, organize your professional life. One critical piece of professional life is our social media networks. How big a network do you really need? Create a network that "sparks joy" for you by periodically "tidying" it.

Why? Trying to connect with too many people can be time-consuming and draining. It leads to being inundated with information, emails to read and respond to, and invites to events that fill your schedule and take up your time. Reducing your network to connections that "spark joy" not only frees up your time, but your mental space too. 

Research has shown the more time we spend on social media, the less happy we are. Spending too much time on social media can also cause neglect in other areas of your life. Revisit your goal of accumulating as many followers and connections as possible to a goal of gaining meaningful connections you can nurture with people who:

  • you enjoy spending time with and helping
  • care about your development and success 
  • you're comfortable revealing your true self with and seeking their help 

Studies conclude that people can reasonably handle about 150 meaningful connections. Forming deeper bonds with a smaller number of people you value and are thankful for will make your network a source of joy. Know who your connections are in order to be truly present and invested with your network.  

To reset your network the Joy at Work way:   

  • Edit your contacts: evaluate your contacts across all platforms and identify whether you need a connection for your job or business, they advance your work-life vision, and they bring you joy - in other words, do they make you smile and do you wish you could talk to or see them soon? Unfollow or remove connections who who don't match this criteria and be selective when you accept new connections.
  • Make high-quality connections: these connections involve two people who genuinely care for each other even, and especially, in trying times and when we experience setbacks. To build high-quality connections: be present, help others do their best work, and be open and trust others.
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