Happy 2010! With the turn of a new year and decade, many people set resolutions which commonly revolve around fitness and health. I, like everyone else, have a few of those, but have also been thinking about my career goals and what I would like to accomplish professionally in 2010.

In the last year the business world continued its exposure on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook as well as a bevy of new competitors. The terminology associated with these mediums has become a part of our vernacular. Last year I joined so many groups, networking sites, and read so many blogs about personal branding that it has me feeling so over saturated. I can’t even keep track of all my usernames and passwords.

Am I alone? It is time for a social networking cleanse – a five day digital detox. Unlike a health detox, this one can be done any five days you want with as much of a time commitment as you like. Whether you are planning on a major career overhaul, changing jobs or just refocusing your objectives—you may be in need of this cleanse.

Care to join me in a digital detox? This might not make you feel less bloated, but it will help to refocus your career.

Day One – Objectives
As with any resolution, it is important to set reasonable goals. This involves determining your career focus and creating a game plan. Are you looking to grow within your own firm or is it time to look elsewhere? Look at how and where you want to focus your personal branding efforts. Select 3-5 sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and a few niche sites relative to your industry. Set realistic goals on how often you should update your status, make comments etc.

Day Two – Cleanse
This is the time to get rid of your digital toxins- whether it be annoying toxic Facebook frenemies, the LinkedIn connection that continuously sends you unrelated emails, or the sports blog that you spend hours reading at work. Go ahead just do it and do it immediately– unfriend – disconnect- unfollow or whatever you need to do. These connections are a waste of your time and keep you from reaching your goals. In a world where people are getting fired for fantasy football leagues at work, it is important to make sure you toxic-free. Refrain from fads that promise you more followers and work on building relationships in your niche network. It is like ripping off a band aid –you will feel bad for a moment but better in the long run. Evaluate your subscriptions and connections and get rid of your technical toxins!

Day Three - Diet
The word diet has many meanings, one of which is to feed. Choose what resources you will use in 2010. In 2009 I spent a ridiculous amount of time on webinars and reading information during the workday that had no impact on my career. We all do it- you get sucked in. It is time to take control and be a cognitive miser. Subscribe to industry related sites and spam those that are not. Spend your work time reading something meaningful and change your online obsession.

Day Four – Supplement

Make sure your online profiles are completed and reflective of your current credentials. All of your profiles should have accurate information be complete with a picture. Link all of your sites together. I am trying Ping.fm- I can update Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook and WordPress all in one location. Not everyone is the same so follow what recommendations that work best for you.

Day Five – Rejuvenate
This is my favorite part. Keep track of your goals and reward yourself for attaining them. Celebrate your successes with whatever your vice may be a glass of wine or a delicious meal, the new iTablet or better yet –your reward may just be an improved career!

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