technology hiatus

Do you ever feel pressured to tweet? To update your Facebook? To return voicemails? To always have your A-game on with technology?

I know I do. I am Gen Y in and out, yet I still struggle.  Yes I have profiles on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Slideshare, random other sites, and I blog.  I have an iPhone.  I text all the time.  I get a hundred personal emails a week.  That may be more than some, but I’d like to think that if you’re a “social media fan” or maybe “fan of technology in 2010” that you struggle from time to time.  I ensure that I am very connected. I update Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn all the time.  I always try to be responsive to friend requests, updates, mentions, new followers, etc – with an “I always have to be on the ball” attitude.  Why do I do all this? Because I see the benefits.  I learn an absolute ton, I have an opportunity to meet fascinating people, and I truly enjoy it.

For the last 2ish weeks, I’ve taken a break from the majority of technology.  I have been blogging to purely maintain my mental sanity.  But that’s it!  For the first time… probably ever, I felt overwhelmed by social media. My mind has been absolutely full to the brim with “life stuff”, and I didn’t feel like I had the capacity to make “updating” or “learning” a priority.  Did I actually think I could do it? Absolutely not.  I thought I would miss the connectivity.

… but guess what, I didn’t (not in the short-term at least)!

So what happened ? Not a whole lot. Few people wondered where I was… as in hello Jill’s not on Twitter, we have a problem. :P  Some close friends assumed something was wrong and emailed me (I was responding to select emails).  But that’s about it. The world did not come to a crashing halt.

I’m not actually back 100% but slowly plan on getting in the social media groove.  In the last two weeks, I’ve had time to breathe and focus on me, which was exactly what I needed. As much as I love you social media, I’m glad that we all still have the ability to shut you off from time to time. ❤

PS – I’ve had time to read!!! Rather than all the business and HR books I usually read… I started on a book called “Plain Truth” by Jodi Picoult (author of “My Sister’s Keeper”).  A story about family, faith, expectations, dedication, and life.  Definitely makes you put your own problems in perspective.

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