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In our last post, we discussed the Unruh newsletter – how you can sign up and why it’s beneficial for all our followers. (At the top of that list: GIVEAWAYS). Today, we turn our attention to social media. Currently, you can find Unruh Furniture on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. We’re a fan of all three platforms, but Instagram and Twitter is where we spend most our time since those two allow for more visual representation and promotion of our craftsmanship. If you’re active on any three of those platforms, please give us a like or follow! We try to interact with as many users as we can, and today we’re going to explain why those interactions are best carried through while working at a small desk.
Plot twist, right? What do small desks have in common with social media? Well, as with our other furniture items – bookcases, dressers, bedroom sets – we emphasize a deeper meaning behind the handcrafted wood we offer you and your family. Take the dining room table for instance. By itself, our tables are a work of art – for that reason, we have our expert carpenters to thank. With friends and family sitting around the table (on one of our chairs or benches perhaps) gives the table a whole new meaning: a place to gather. Similarly, when you sit at a small desk, with a social media strategy in mind, you sit on the cusp of what social media was meant for: connection. Now, we give you three key components to social media implementation, and three quick small desk options to serve as your vessel.
Our society is distracted – that much is true. “So why encourage us to use social media?” you ask? Because we believe in the good social media can offer, but you need to wield it responsibly. (Read: “With great power comes great responsibility”). The best way to eliminate distraction is . . . wait for it . . . to gain TRACTION. Get it? Distraction happens when we’re wandering aimlessly – floating in space and time without a focused goal or timetable in mind. For that reason, we suggest, first and foremost, a focused intentionality on keeping a regular calendar for your days and weeks. This daily calendar should include intentional time for social media. Instead of filling in gaps of your day with scrolling, schedule thirty minutes, an hour or two hours to use social media. (This may fluctuate based on your work schedule/responsibilities, but only you will know the right amount for you). When you make time for social media usage, you’re less likely to mindlessly peruse to pass time. And a space to say “I’m only on social media at my small desk” will provide a space for you to scroll.
Social media, from Facebook to LinkedIn, is intended for connection. If you find yourself receiving more than giving, that’s OK. We aren’t shaming you if you never post about your life or vacation or “perfect life” because social media often conveys highlights of real life. The best social media posts point to real, day-to-day life that others can connect to and relate with. If you want to grow your social media presence, make sure you’re tagging friends and family and encouraging them along the way. Many people have qualms with the negative side effects of social media, but YOU can serve as a bright light in an interesting place.
We can’t stress this one enough. While on social media, it’s easy to come across posts or words that make you angry. As humans, our knee-jerk reaction is to respond. And if we’re angry, we’re probably going to say something worse to someone else. This is where it’s more-than-appropriate to get up from your desk and go for a walk. Or at least step away from social media for an extended period of time. Take some deep breaths and realize arguing through technology rarely ends on a good note. Employers often dig up old posts and pictures when considering others, so there are definitely career implications when you decide to discern on any given platform. Remember to lift others up, and when in doubt . . . log off!
There you have it – a direct correlation between small desks and social media. In past generations, men and women would spend time at their small desks reading, writing and dreaming about new ideas. And we still think you should make those things a big-time priority! But in our modern age, social media engagement also has its place in society as a means to knowledge and connection. Therefore, make your social media space conducive to quality time and attention. Don’t just take it with you wherever you go – that’s a strategy tailor-made for distraction.