Social media has opened up many doors of opportunities for all of us. When moms make the choice to stay home, they now have a way to stay in the work force. College students can take their ideas from paper to the web without needing a ton of cash to start a business. If your area is hurting from the economy you can look for a job virtually. Traditional marketers can add other options to their clients. The list goes on and on.
The old saying, You can count your friends on one hand, has gone in the history books. You can now have 100 people that you talk to everyday. You’re involved in groups for every aspect of your life. Let’s face it you can be online every minute of every day and never get bored.
How often do you really unplug? I’m not talking about not checking your email, but shutting off your computer, not checking your blog stats, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and every other network you belong to. It’s all just a “touch” away. We can check all of this in about 3-5 minutes from our phone no matter where we are.
A few months back I decided I would totally unplug on the weekends. The first 3 weekends were horrible. I was sweating that I’d miss an opportunity or an important tweet or email. After the three weeks it was so refreshing, I looked forward to the weekends again. My TGIF was me stepping away from the world. I was working so much that I didn’t enjoy the fun part of online, sending a tweet every now and again or posting on Facebook. I can now share a picture, check-in, or tweet about something wonderful I’m doing because I want to and not because I feel like I have to. I get to enjoy real family time, taking rides, going out to eat, walking, watching TV, and most of all talking.
Even our computers need to be shut down and rebooted so why wouldn’t we. If you feel like the world of Twitter or Facebook will stop if you’re not there, let me break it to you…. It will go on! We will all be here when you get back in 48 hours. If you feel like that’s too long then try to unplug for 24 hours and work your way up. Tell people if there’s something important to go old school and pick up the phone and call you. Speaking of picking up the phone… you know those IRL (in real life) friends you used to be on the phone with for hours, call them during your unplugged time. Don’t talk about online stuff and see where the conversation takes you. Make plans to go to lunch with your BFF. Go on a day trip with the family.
Unplugging doesn’t only give you lots of free time but it reboots your energy and recharges your family!
When was the last time you unplugged?
What did you do when you unplugged?