I am just back from a fantastic five day camping trip with my family. We are big camping and outdoors fans so we all had a ball. This trip was made even more interesting by a decision I made before we left.
I decided to totally disconnect from all technology for the whole trip. No email. No Facebook. No Twitter. Even the mobile phone was switched off. Not a scrap of technology for the entire time. Zilch!
Interestingly, I felt quite liberated and actually enjoyed being totally disconnected from all things technology & online. Although I know some people who would feel their right arm had been cut off if they were totally disconnected even for a day!
This experiment raised some important questions:
Do we now live in a world where we are over connected?
And if so, what impact is that having on our business, family life and lifestyle?
Are you over connected?
3 ways being over connected is damaging:
- Constantly interrupting business activities to check email and/or social media reduces productivity
- Quality of family time and relationships is reduced if you are regularly distracted by your online activities
- Having no controls, purpose or strategy over the frequency or duration of being connected means more important things get neglected.
The list could go on and on but the point I am trying to make is this:
Would you benefit from reducing the amount of time you allow yourself to be connected and contactable?
Not just to protect productivity in your business but also protect your family life and relationships.
Tips for setting “connection” policy
- Stop checking email throughout the day. Set times and duration for doing this. Sign out in between.
- Set times and durations for your social media activities
- Ensure you are clear on your social media purpose and strategy. Stick to it.
- Do not allow offline activities (eg business planning, creating new products, playing with kids etc) to be interrupted by online activities.
Being over connected can be very damaging to all areas of work life and personal life. Choose to manage your online activities effectively or they will take over and manage you.
Is it time for you to put a “disconnect” policy and boundaries in place?
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