I've often been told that I should take the time to "connect" more with people through blogging, twitter, facebook, and so on. I agree it would be great for business and I'm sure eventually I will either take the time to do it or hire someone to do it for me:)
One of the things that I am most passionate about in regards to helping people is teaching them to prioritize, get organized and help them set health and lifestyle goals that will improve their quality of life and ultimately bring awareness to decisions they make and the results that these decisions bring.
What I'm noticing more and more now is this excessive need for people to "connect" with other people over the Internet through facebook and twitter.
I can understand how these connections can benefit someone's business and life, and can bring great information that they otherwise may not find. But my concern is that individuals start connecting to their computer screens more than their families!
A percentage of my clientele are people that are overwhelmed, frustrated, stressed, tired and cannot seem to get organized. They often feel that they just do not have the energy nor the time to get what needs to be done, done. And yes It can be quite challenging at times to raise kids, have a career, have a good/healthy/loving relationship, a social life, take care of aging parents and so on.
What gets to me is that so many have the time to go online for hours every day but they do not have time to sit with the kids and do homework, clean the kitchen, get healthy lunches ready for the next day, do laundry, exercise, have family conversations, have sex with their husband, and so on. What confuses me is that so many have this time and energy to go online for hours, but no time to commit to their "real lives". No time to listen to their families. No time to read a constructive book. No time to play a board game.
Please understand that I am not against going on Facebook, My Space, Twitter, Linked in... What I am concerned about is when these "outlets" become priorities.
I challenge everyone to take one week off. Just 7 days off from computer socializing and focus the extra time on your tangible lives.
I would be curious to hear your experiences to this experiment.