Social media is an excellent way to make connections and increase visibility in business, but there is a down side to having so much accessibility… overuse.
Lately, I have found it increasingly important to unplug at the same time every day of the week and to even have some days a week where I don’t go online all day. Sure, it is tempting to check in and respond to a few texts or tweets or check Facebook once I have turned off electronics for the night, but at what expense? So I am a guaranteed and documented workaholic? Nope.
What I have found is that I am more inspired, more passionate about my work and simply happier when I unplug at a certain time every day and on the weekends. It is healthier for me and my family to know that there are times when social media, work and networking can take a backseat to what matters most in life… quality time for me and my family.
Of course I still have automated and outsourced quotes and tips that are sent out while I unplug, so my accounts remain active and inspirational for my audience. But, I get to have a life. The phone is still there capturing messages and texts when it is unplugged. And after an hour or two of not being quite so accessible, I feel free to live a more balanced online and offline life. As a result of taking time to unplug on a consistent basis, the work that I do is better and more meaningful for myself and my clients. That’s a pretty powerful reason to unplug.
Now, I would like to ask you… do you unplug every day at a certain time? Have you ever struggled with overuse of social media or work accessibility and decided to set boundaries? Please share your thoughts in the comments.