My apologies to all if I was unresponsive to you from Christmas to New Year’s. I recently posted about taking a break, and from Christmas to New Year’s I was able to do just that. I’ll admit that I wasn’t completely unplugged, I can’t help but check my social networks at least once a day, but for the most part I was offline.
Sometimes I’m not good at taking my own advice. The saying “do as I say not as I do” comes to mind when I tell people that they need to take time off, because I rarely do that. But this time I decided to use the last week in 2012 to reset the clock and recharge by unplugging. I took a break.
My wife and I were able to take our son Derek sledding for the first time, he’s only 2 and a half. And while it was incredibly tiring to pick him up and walk up the hill each time after we sledded down, it was a lot of fun and we all had a blast! I spent a lot of time playing with him and his Thomas trains and reading books. I also had a chance to hang out with friends and play football and basketball. Although physically tiring it was also a lot of fun, and it took my mind off of social media.
The intensity of social media can be very tiring and draining, and managing a brand’s social presence just adds to the pressure. So the time off was good and focusing my energy on social activities that don’t require a laptop, tablet, or smartphone energized me and got me ready to take on 2013. It was also a good reminder that personal relationships matter most, and this will continue to be my social media focus for 2013. Just because we interact on a screen, doesn’t mean that it ends there.
How did you end 2012? Did you have to reset the clock, unplug and recharge? What are some of the goals you have for 2013?