Marketing Maniacs Relaxation Deprived

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Marketing Maniacs Relaxation Deprived
We’ve become so enamored with social media networking and in person networking, are we becoming socially deprived of “alone” time?

While the DREAMFly Marketing Magnetics Blog generally discusses marketing methods, this week’s blog focuses on balancing real life with your online life.

Do you really want to have to look back and say you were so busy networking online, you forgot about enjoying other parts of your life?

Personal Versus Internet Socializing
Nearly 80 percent of the United States population is surfing the Internet on a regular basis, according to World Development Indicators on Google, compared to less than one percent in 1990 during the Internet’s early life stage.

According to The Nielsen Company, global* consumers spent more than five and half hours on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter in December 2009, an 82% increase from the same time last year when users were spending just over three hours on social networking sites [a month]. In addition, the overall traffic to social networking sites has grown over the last three years. (Source: NielsenWire)

In addition to Internet networking, many business owners are also spending an hour to three hours a week socializing at professional events. So how do you balance personal and professional time and remain successful?

Marketing Efficiently & Effectively
Most of your day is spent on only 20% of your activities, meaning the little time you spend enjoying life is lost in the shuffle very often. (Source: Life Optimizer) So the key is to reduce that 20% of work into more like 50% of your time. But how in the world do you do that? Easy step to winning your life back:

  1. Organize your week in advance creating a schedule
  2. Schedule your tweets for business purposes in advance (saves on average 2 hours/week)
  3. Focus on tasks with deadlines first so you are never behind
  4. Non-deadline tasks can always wait
  5. Stick to your schedule as much as possible
  6. Make dinners that are quick (broilers speed cooking times up fyi)
  7. Women could consider washing hair at night to speed up morning preparations
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  9. No matter what take an hour or two at night to do nothing but what YOU want to do to relax

Word Press alone hosts 13.9 million blogs according to its own statistics website. Think how many hours we all spend managing blogs and online socialization. On average, most bloggers spend four to six hours per week writing and managing their websites.

You Are Important
As an example, not only do I have a marketing firm, but I have another full time job. I maintain two full time jobs, and I am a wife with other responsibilities. I find time, by cutting myself off even when I need to work more. I save time by auto-tweeting as much as possible and limiting Internet time for tasks such as this, a useful how-to article.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most of us spend less than a half hour relaxing or thinking. In fact, most people believe relaxing is watching TV, but that is still stimulation.

Market to your heart’s content. Work hard but rest easy and you’ll improve your overall job performance. Take a deep breath and plan – you’ll feel better and be more productive.

About Camden Smith

Camden Smith has written 77 posts for Marketing Magnetics.

Camden Smith owns DREAMFly Marketing with 16 years in strategic marketing and television journalism. Her cutting-edge, aggressive marketing skills have earned her numerous awards. Smith lives in Naples, Florida with her daughter London.