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WORKLIFEBALANCE

When to STOP Listening to Social Media

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ave you ever been having a conversation with someone and had the conversation interrupted by a text, e-mail, tweet, phone call, etc.? Have you been the one guilty of letting your conversation be interrupted by the barrage of information coming at you? We have to remember that all of this online activity is just another way for us to be connected to each other, but when you

is a healthy and can give you the muchneeded space and free time to think about an issue or a

are standing in front of another human being, there is nothing more disheartening than being interrupted by someone that isn’t even in the room. We’ve got to learn when it is appropriate to engage with our online tools and when we need to disengage from them. Trying to watch twitter feeds and updates while trying to have a conversation with an employee, for instance, is not the best use of your time. Even worse, try talking to one of your kids while they are updating or reading status feeds on Facebook. The conversation won’t go anywhere. Online tools can do a wonderful job of keeping us connected to those that we can’t see every day, but we should work on prioritizing our connection with people that are in the room with us. Many of us have the ongoing challenge of disengaging from our technology when we go home for the day. You can feel like you’ve never left the office because from anywhere you can receive phone calls, e-mail, twitter and Facebook feeds and much more. With all of this at your fingertips, it is hard to disengage. When we get in the habit of being constantly connected and spending too little time away from the office, we tend to get less creative about our work and sometimes can get into a rut. Time away 30

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problem in a different way. If we are constantly inundated with information, we can’t give our minds the break needed to think creatively again.

TIP: Pick times to tune in and times in which you promise yourself to tune out to technology and social media tools. Give yourself the break needed to fall in love with what you do, all over again.

by Apryl Hanson

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