Randi Zuckerberg says we need to find a tech life balance

When I heard social media guru Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, talking about the importance of finding a tech life balance earlier today, it was like a massive “HELLO I’m talking to YOU”.

Hell, if someone with social media running through her veins is saying it’s important to be mindful of the time spent online, then I really have no excuse but to get a grip. Ok, she’s espousing the benefits of being more tech life balanced whilst promoting her new book, Dotcomplicated, but it’s a really valid point.

I need to take time to reassess just how much time it’s necessary for me to spend online versus the amount of time I actually spend online. I need to find the balance between my tech world and ‘real’ life.

I’d love to say I’m not guilty of letting technology takeover. I worry about it plenty, have vague efforts at cutting back, but then I do just one more tweet or check my emails just one last time.

In fact, I have 101 excuses for why I feel the need to always know where my mobile is and to keep my iPad close and my laptop closer…

  • I run a blog…
  • I run a business…
  • I have clients who need me…
  • I need to be on Twitter and Pinterest and Facebook and Google Plus to promote my blog…
  • I need to check and respond to my blog comments….
  • I have three people’s social diaries to upkeep…
  • I need to just buy that thing we need online…
  • I just need to chat about Homeland with someone other than my husband who is sat right next to me…
  • I need to…
  • I need…
  • I I I I I….

It’s like an addiction. I NEED one more hit. I always need one more hit.

So finding a tech life balance is my new mission. It’s going to take some discipline. There might be some relapses – particularly around Homeland – but I am going to reset my tech life balance.

How about you? Do you have your tech life balance right? Do you ever catch yourself sending just one more tweet… checking your emails before your head hits the pillow?