Does scrolling Pinterest seem to be your ultimate procrastination tool? Is it a totally addictive time waster? It doesn’t have to be. These are all game changing tips for using Pinterest more effectively, efficiently, and optimally. You’ll have more fun, stretch your creativity, and apply the wonders of virtual bulletin boards to real life. First, the top five things to avoid doing on Pinterest:
1. Pinning maniacally and racking up so many pins on your boards it becomes impossible to look through them. Y’all know what I mean. You’ve got a ‘hair’ board with 250 pins of every variety and length of tresses possible. Why? What for? No idea.
2. Creating boards for self-deprecating idolizations, like a board titled ‘Skinny’ full of pictures of runway models, or ‘Beautiful’ with tons of anonymous or celeb faces. It can be more subtle than that, most of us have one. I used to have a secret board called ‘Me’, with lots of pictures of fabulous multicolored hair, stills of Cara Delevigne, girls wearing super cool outfits. I’d pin to it and look at it from time to time and ask, “why aren’t I that yet”? It didn’t help me at all, wasn’t useful, and really just made me feel bad about myself. Even if it provided some kind of motivation it was for the wrong reasons. I was looking at others instead of myself.
3. Creating boards with no real life use or purpose. If you can’t apply it, ditch it. Do you have a dream wedding board? I know we all like to fantasize and look forward to a romantic celebration just for us, but seriously, unless you’re a wedding planner, you don’t need to be daydreaming so concretely about that stuff. Live in the now! Throw yourself into your passions and interests, use your Pinterest boards to collect ideas, shape them into something that betters you in real life and helps you grow.
4. Hanging onto boards/pins that are no longer relevant is also a big no-no. If you follow tip number one, then it shouldn’t be hard for you to look through your boards and cull the pins that aren’t useful or don’t reflect you anymore. I love going through my fashion board, it helps me choose outfits when I’m feeling less than inspired with my wardrobe (I’ll expand on that later) but when I see something that doesn’t suit my style anymore it’s goodbye. Click. Deleted. Out with the old, in with the new. Like virtual spring cleaning! But you should do it pretty often, cause it’s fun. This includes holiday boards! Scrap your 2013 Halloween board and start again fresh next year, if you insist on having boards like that.
5. Creating multiple boards for one topic. It’s unnecessary and frantically cluttered. Now to be honest, I have two makeup boards. One titled ‘Wearable’ for basic beauty looks, and one titled ‘Career’ for everything else from glamour to spfx. This makes sense for me because I am a makeup artist, and I use both boards for separate purposes in my real life. It’s easier for me to go right to ‘Wearable’ when I’m doing a beauty makeup than to swipe through all the Bride of Frankenstein looks in ‘Career’ – those are more for creative inspiration. So, if you’ve got a board just for skirts, and another one for jackets, you’ve gone too far. Just some food for thought!
Now, for the good stuff. It’s easy to heed what not to do, but all the fun lies in what you’re missing out on! Here are my top five tips on maximizing your Pinterest:
1. Come up with four or five areas in your life that inspiration boards can help you with. These will be any array of things, tailored to you individually, where you are in life, and where you want to go. All I suggest is you keep them real and useful. For example, if you love cooking and want to work on your skills, you’ll most likely have a ‘Recipe’ board (feel free to get creative with the titles, let your personality take over!). You can pin recipes you’re interested in, and once you try them, either keep them for storage and further use, or delete. Beware pinning things you never intend to utilize, even if you think you might. You should be cultivating a board full of your favourite tried and true recipes to visit when preparing food, not a fantasy list of crockpot pasta you don’t even have the time or equipment to make.
2. Use your ‘fashion’ board wisely. This is probably the tip that requires the most discipline – pin outfits/clothes that are 100% your style, reflect items you already have, and would look great on you. If I see a gorgeous bodycon dress by ASOS that looks totally divine, I don’t pin it, because there is no way in hell it would be a good fit for my body. I go for skater dresses instead because I know they look fantastic on me and reflect my personality a whole lot more. It’s basically giving the board a real life use (outfit planning and future shopping) rather than perpetuating those idolizations we talked about earlier. I also include jewelry in that.
3. Use secret boards for event planning. My only one at the moment titled ‘Maid of Honour’ is inspiration for my sister’s (the bride) bachelorette, bridal shower, and gifts for the bridesmaids. Everything on it follows her colour scheme and is intended for eventual use. Lots of links to Etsy and diy sparkly things. It’s secret to hide it from her and keep my planning process hidden. Employ a similar method with your boards, never hide a board because you’re ashamed of it or it’s a guilty pleasure.
“I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. If you fucking like something, like it.” – Dave Grohl
4. Make a ‘screens’ board. This will be for desktop wallpaper, cover photos, phone backgrounds, you name it. A growing collection of pins you love that will be at hand any time you get bored of your screen. This is my favourite tip that I’ve implemented, it’s super fun and can consist of many things, i.e. landscapes, colours, quotes, patterns, and photos. Anything you like! Just pay a little attention to the dimensions and quality.
5. Control your likes. Use them as a miscellaneous board, and cull them just as often. I usually save interesting pics for my blog post covers, and once I use them pin them to their corresponding boards. Although some pins I save to send to friends or family, and then unlike them once I do. Some stay in my likes for quite a while just because I’ve absolutely fallen in love with them. I’ve had a picture of a gorgeous curly blonde pixie cut saved there for about a month now, even though it has no real use in my life. I just love looking at it, it’s so unique and beautiful. When it loses it’s magic, I’ll delete it.
Check out my personal Pinterest for more inspiration, and don’t forget to follow! ❤ http://www.pinterest.com/AndieLollo