As an internet marketing consultant I find it more and more difficult to disconnect from the constantly connected lifestyle I have chosen. Soren Gordhamer the organizer of the Wisdom 2.0 Conference brings up an important question to ask yourself: Are you going to be constantly overwhelmed by “Stress 2.0,” or can you successfully translate this lifestyle into “Wisdom 2.0?”
The challenge is finding a balance, and living a healthy and rich life both online and off.
A post this morning by Mitch Joel points out that: Life balance is a three-legged stool.
Just like a stool, if you remove one of the legs or when one is shorter than another, everything comes crashing down. Figure out ways to find true balance without sacrificing where you’re at, where you’re looking to go and your plans to get there. Make sure that your goals (short-term and long-term) include tactics around personal, business and community.
If you don’t have rules about your life balance, all is (and will be) lost. Don’t have guidelines. Make rules… and don’t break them. Here are just some of my life balance rules (in no particular order):
- Family first. Period. No exceptions. Friends next. Everything else after that.
- Go to bed when I’m tired.
- Wake up without an alarm.
- Don’t stress over sleep. My body will sleep when it needs to.
- Constantly be reading.
- Creativity and great ideas do not keep office hours. Write as much as possible – especially when the mood hits.
- I manage my technology. I do not let technology manage me. An example of this? I check email when I want to – not when it comes in. I turn off all email notifications (both online and mobile).
- Don’t focus on the money. Focus on building wealth and what I’ll do to change the world once I get there (or along the way).
- Never eat alone.
My rules look more like this:
- Take time to disconnect
- Eat healthy when you can
- Focus more on these Social Networking Time Management Tips and
- Learn to surf – “You cannot stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”
What are your tips for dealing with the stresses of social media and being constantly connected?