Are You Hyperconnected?

After going through a highly demanding work week of completing construction on my consultant business website along with maintaining all the connections essential for further business development, I wondered, shouldn’t I be pleased?

I was. But surely many of you working professionals have been in this exact position before. You’ve had a demanding, productive, over-connected work week.

You are content, but drained of all energy. Are you sorry that email, twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media were ever invented? (I guess you can tell that I am not a member of Generation Y.)

Don’t get me wrong though. I think I can speak for all of us and say that we like being connected, and for many of us, myself included, it’s essential for thriving as a sole proprietor of a nonprofit consultant business.

I particularly love to keep on top of the issues surrounding nonprofit financial and strategy management, funding for the arts, youth education, etc., not to mention, being in touch with my friends.

The conundrum, however, is how can we find that balance between connectivity, work productivity and overall happiness?

Does one more “follow”, blog post reading, tweet, LinkedIn rewrite, propel you to greatness?

Or does it create exponentially more obligations to follow, blog and tweet, reply, etc., at the expense of having a productive, happyish, day?

I watched a recent episode of #Happyish, a TV show in which Steve Coogan plays a middle aged man in a bit of an existential crisis. Coogan’s train is delayed as a passenger had fallen onto the tracks and died.

Coogan finds himself stalled inside the train with a bunch of worker bees reading newspapers and iPhones. When his fellow seatmate asks why he doesn’t read the paper, Coogan emphatically exclaims that it’s always the same stuff, and what’s important is that we look “within” not “without” for meaning and what really matters in life.

A bit of an extreme, I think.  But certainly thought provoking.

As I work on finding that balance between what’s within and without, I leave you with these words: 

1) DO DISCONNECT every once in a while. (I wrote this blog after not connecting online for one day!) Disconnection breeds creativity and productivity.

2) DO ask yourself WHAT REALLY MATTERS from time to time. Put things in perspective.

3) Don’t just disconnect. Get involved in an activity or hobby you love that will take your mind to a different place.

How do you feel about disconnecting?