“Have you been spending too much time on social media?” I hated that I was asked that question for two reasons. First, the answer was yes, so I didn’t want to admit it. And second, I wasn’t ready to make different decisions on the other side of that question. But the question was actually more profound and complex than just social media. It was everything: news, social media, email. It seemed that no matter what I did, I was triggering my cynicism and hopelessness. The robots were coming for my creativity. I was both good enough and not good enough. Pity, despair, it was all there. And I hated every minute of it. It’s time for me to unplug, and in this episode of Getting Work To Work, I’m sharing five ways to escape from the “always on” culture.
Five ways to unplug from the “always on” culture and plug into healthier life choices:
- Ask myself, “What would gough do?”
- Pick up a book when tempted to check email or jump on social media.
- Connect with friends in real life.
- Get outside.
- Make both your life and work so compelling that you don’t need to be on social media to numb out on half-lived dreams.