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Should You Take Breaks From Social Networking


With many things in life it is sometimes good to take a step back and re evaluate what is going on and whether or not you are getting as much out of something as you are putting into it. There are very few things in life that will not benefit from an occasional break—even social networking. You may be wondering how on earth taking a break from social networking could possibly be good for business. Consider some of the answers below and decide for yourself if or when you need to take a break from social networking of your own.

- Re-assess the situation. Sometimes you cannot accurately gauge how beneficial something is when you are right in the middle of it. Social networking can take a lot of time to manage. If you aren't managing it well, it can take a lot of time away from other things that are more important for the operation and success of your business. When this happens it is time to step back and apply the brakes. The important thing to remember is that a break isn't permanent and when done properly, you will use the break to draw up a new plan of action for your social networking efforts.

- Take back control. It is easy to lose control of your social networking efforts. When this happens you will either be spending too much time dealing with the maintenance of heavy social networking activity or you will be so overwhelmed with the social networking side of the business that you are letting everything else slide. This is not a good state for any business to be in. When this is the case you should take a break and learn how to manage your social networking by creating a schedule for social networking and sticking to it. Do not begin your social networking efforts again until you are confident of your ability to stick to the schedule and walk away for another break if the results don't improve.

- It is also a good idea to take a break from social networking when you aren't seeing the sales come rolling in. You should have a goal for your social networking. If you aren't meeting that goal it is time to take a look at your game plan and decide if changes or substitutions needs to be made. Make changes to your plan and put them to work in your marketing efforts before you decide to go back in full force.

- To get a fresh perspective. Sometimes, stepping away is the only way to see thins clearly. When you are too close to the issue at hand you can't really focus and get a clear vision of the big picture. However, if you take a step back you can see the whole thing and know what needs to be fixed. The same is true of social networking.

Don't stand so close that you can't see the need for a little time away from social networking.