On the Evolution of Work Systems in the Digital Economy
Social Media Burnout and the Value of Time Spent Unplugged
Looking back on over a year’s worth of blogging and social media networking, I’m grateful for all the opportunities that have opened up to me through actively engaging in these activities. I’ve met interesting people and made some valuable connections, and I continue to look forward to more of this! Blogging has also been a fun way to develop my thinking and writing skills. However, I’ve also learned how challenging it is to frequently and consistently develop original content. I’ve followed a number of bloggers who have done so and applaud them all!
Nevertheless, there comes a time when you realize that maybe you should slow down a little for the sake of health and happiness. Perhaps it’s the wi-fi induced headaches, or maybe it’s the sensation of your eyeballs being singed by the heat emanating from the screen. Then you notice yourself heeding the call to re-engage more in some non-computer related activities you’ve neglected – for myself, it’s been playing the piano and reading the old-fashioned way. (When looking to come up with new ideas and topics to blog about, I find that re-engaging in your old, favorite activities can be quite helpful.)
Life transitions can also call upon you to approach life in a different way. Just a couple of months ago, I was blessed with the opportunity to return to my hometown. Having lived in several cities during my adulthood, I can say that there’s no place I’d rather be than where I am right now. So, I’m savoring the experience of being here and the opportunity to build my life anew here.
As valuable and powerful as the Internet is as a medium for promoting oneself professionally, there are all kinds of reasons to take a step away from it. It’s up to each of us, at one time or another, to ask oneself: Is it time to unplug? I assure my readers that I’ll continue working on this blog. For the time being however, I will be slowing down to a few posts or so per month. To all my subscribers, thank you for following this blog!