Pinterest is one of the most addictive social media sites out there, and once you start it can be hard to stop. But a Pinterest addiction can be a healthy thing if you use it the right way. Here are 5 ways to make the most of your Pinterest addiction.
To Access Curated Content
The reality is that Pinterest isn’t so much a social media site as it is a search engine. Sure you can collaborate and share ideas like you do on other social platforms, but for the most part you type something into a search bar because you want more information.
Sound familiar? But instead of getting a list of computed content like you do with Google, you get a collection of curated content from other people. This is a great method of accessing information because you get advice and ideas from real people who are interested in the same things. It’s essentially a giant advice column.
As a Planning Tool
Creating a Pinterest board is a great way to make plans. Going on a trip? Plan it out on a Pinterest board first. You can pin the hotel you're going to stay at, local attractions near it, restaurants you want to visit - whatever. When it comes to decorating you can plan out the colors you want to use, the furniture and art that goes with them, and all the places where they can be purchased. Whatever you're planning, use the description area to make note of why you're pinning it and what follow up action needs to be taken.
To Create To Do Lists
If you're the type of person who loves to write lists, Pinterest is the website for you.
Instead of writing things down on paper create a Pinterest board (or many) to keep track of what you need or want to do. It could be movies you want to see, clothes you want to buy, places you plan to visit - anything. You can cross the item off your list by either deleting the pin or making note of it in the comments.
To Collaborate with Others
Planning a party or event with other people? Instead of email and phone calls, create Pinterest boards and invite your collaborators to pin to them. That way you can all pin images of your ideas and in the description write about what it is and why you're pinning it. Then everyone can leave their thoughts in the comments. And remember that you can make secret boards, so if you're planning a surprise of some kind you don't have to worry about the wrong people seeing them.
To Curb a Shopping Addiction
If you’re in the mood to go shopping but your budget says no, Pinterest is a great way to get a shopping fix. You can pin as many items as you like without ever spending a dime. (Just don't veer away from Pinterest and start online shopping.) Sometimes virtual decorating can be just as satisfying as the real thing.
The most important thing to remember when using Pinterest is to not compare yourself to others. In the midst of pinning beautiful image after beautiful image it's easy to feel like you don't match up. It's a common problem amongst users, so don't allow it to get to you. Use the beautiful images as inspiration and then make the ideas your own.