Ever feel like co-workers or bosses think you’re avoiding work or ‘playing online’? Maybe you’ve even felt a little guilty for your time on Twitter/Facebook or Google Reader? I say: stop it. Feeling that way, that is.
My thought on this is that you are only as prepared as you are informed. Sure you have tasks to do, but being aware of up to the minute happenings makes you more valuable. Being connected to other professional minds as well as new ideas/hypotheses helps you do your job better than if you waited till you had free time (whats that?) to read your feeds, catch up on Twitter, or blog your thoughts on a topic you’re working on and receive feedback: your connectivity is your biggest asset.
Just like the nature of the web and lifestreaming, all things flow together in our daily digital lives. You research a topic, you find a gem, you Tweet it, you share it on Facebook or bookmark it on Delicious, email it to staff and IM discuss it. All things flow together. Even if you did just RT that clip from Glee last night.
If you take yourself out of the stream of information, you risk being out of the loop, reading old news, and missing out on your own professional development that makes you such a valued asset to your company – and career – in the first place.
To do so, you might as well interoffice mail your resignation. :)