i am coveting balance in a very big way. last week, i mentioned that the first week of the new year kicked my butt. while it's true that we were productive and got much accomplished, i was also staying up late every night glued to some sort of technology, and not feeling particularly productive about it. (hence, the true meaning behind my "butt kicking" statement.) last thursday night, as i was finishing up my post for friday, and simultaneously checking email, twitter, and instagram, it all caught up with me - digital overdose. luckily, i didn't die. on the contrary, i woke up the next morning and read erin's post where, lo and behold, she was experiencing the same feelings i was the night before - the need to find balance in this whole social media circus. as bloggers, i realize it's our goal to be more social, not less. however, i believe adhering to some sort of schedule whereby you allocate a certain amount of time for each activity - such as blog research, creating blog posts, replying to comments, commenting, reading your favorite blogs, twitter, facebook, instagram, pinterest...(you get the picture) - is necessary for one's sanity (and your family's).
there was a time when i adhered to a digital schedule, but right around the time that i got on twitter that schedule flew out the window. now, my schedule (or rather lack thereof) is haphazard and reactionary, at best. it's kicking my butt. so, i'm trying to find my way back and reestablish a digital schedule. i'm not sure what that schedule looks like right now, but once i sort it out, i'm going to commit it to paper and pin it to my bulletin board (along with my 2012 goals ;). once this beast is harnessed, i know i will get way more reading done and shaved ice time with my kids, which pleases me to no end.
i'm curious, are you struggling with balance? how do you juggle it all and not let guilt set in when something slips? do you maintain some sort of schedule?* if so, what does it look like? erin had mentioned that she is going to work her digital schedule like a job - from 9ish-to-5ish - and then everything gets turned off. it's certainly a step in the right direction. whether you plug-in or plug-out this weekend, make it great everyone!
*i believe this subject pertains to bloggers and nonbloggers alike.