Rule #5: Take Breaks

Rule # 5 - Take BreaksWant to survive the harsh world of social media? Feel like you’re being crushed under the weight of thousands of tweets, Facebook updates, and YouTube updates of adorable cat videos? I hate to break it to you, but you are suffering under a mountain of never ending content.

Thanks to the internet, we now publish more content daily than anyone could ever hope to read in their lifetime. Every minute, another 24 hours of video is published to YouTube alone. It’s futile to try and keep up with everything. There just isn’t enough time.

So, take a break.

We aren’t built to be in a world of endless communication and updates. Give yourself time away from the buzz and hubbub.  You’ll appreciate the tools more when you come back to them, and realize how much you never needed them to begin with.

Finding a the time of the day when you check on Facebook, Twitter or blogs makes the constant flow of information bearable. Set limits. Avoid your smartphone when you can.

Think you can’t do it? Need a day to start with? Try starting with Christmas Day. All you’ll be missing is people sharing their gifts and well wishes. Really, you’re not missing too much, and no one will think you’re a grinch if you don’t tweet Merry Christmas. Well, at least I won’t.

Take a social media vacation. The people around you will be glad to see your face once again.


2 Responses to Rule #5: Take Breaks

  1. Erik Visser December 27, 2010 at 4:02 am #

    Does doing a blog qualify as social media? :) And I read somewhere that it’s 35h of video a minute now.
    Have a great 2011!

    • Jay December 27, 2010 at 8:36 am #

      35 hours of video a minute? That is terrifying. What exactly are people putting up there?