Thursday, March 25, 2010

My (self-imposed) social media vacation

This winter has been a tough one—my daughter seems to come home from daycare with some kind of cold every other week, and when she's not sick, I am. It's a never-ending, vicious circle, and to put it simply, I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.

My New Year's resolution was to be "better," and if I'm brutally honest with myself, I haven't made much headway. My work-life balance is tilted way to the work side these days, and even though I've never been happier professionally, my immune system seems to be struggling as a result. So, as of today, I am taking my New Year's resolution in a slightly different direction: I'm giving up Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn for 30 days, so that I can feel less guilty about carving out some "me time" during the workweek. I have a hunch that the five minutes here, five minutes there that I spend on the various social media networks on a daily basis really add up. Instead of sitting at my computer, I'm going to consolidate that time and go for a run, or go to the gym, or simply sit outside in the sun for a few minutes.

I have no idea how this little experiment is going to go, but I'm as excited for this "virtual vacation" as I've been for any real one. I'll be back in four weeks. Bon voyage!