This post was written by Monika Mundell

Not everything about Web 2.0 is cool. As a matter of fact, many bloggers feel totally over whelmed by sheer pressure and wonder what all the fuss is about.

As Yoda said in the famous Star Wars Movie, The Phantom Menace

Hard to see, the dark side is.

So what is the dark side of the Web 2.0 and how can we possibly avoid it? For starters, how about the time we spend online, trying to forge new friendships via the various social networking sites. Or how about feeling left behind because everybody and their dog seems to be on Twitter, Facebook or MySpace these days.

The fact alone that many of these sites pop up like cultured mushrooms all over the Internet is worry some enough.

image Naturally, nobody holds a gun to our heads and says we have to participate in any of these networks/sites. However, if we don’t we most likely loose not only track with what is going on web wide, but we also miss out on exciting events.

While I love networking, I long ago realized that it comes with a hefty price tag. That tag is called time.

Time your day with easy steps that work

While in the baby stages of my online business I joined anything and everything I came across, I soon realized that I was running myself into the ground by trying to do too much. Therefore I became an avid user of my very own Moleskine hack diary.

After trying countless online applications to track my time and even going as far as creating my own excel spread sheet to block together certain tasks every day, I quickly realized that this wasn’t going to cut it.

I failed time and time again to stick to my self imposed schedule. Initially I blamed myself and fell into a deadly spiral of contemplation and procrastination.

What this means for you is that you have to run with what works for you personally. It is no good that everybody raves about [product] when you don’t feel comfortable using it.

Since my trial and error days I have found a way to stay on top of my day, regardless of what happens.

Say no to annoying Distractions

How often do you check your emails every day? Then at the end of day you wonder where the time has gone. A quick chat on Skype can quickly turn into a 30 minute conversation and while it is great to stay in touch with your online buddies, it is also very counter productive.

Focus on your tasks at hand

I know, it really isn’t easy to focus. What I found helped me is to concentrate on my list for the day and not open any other applications until my list is complete.

Do I always succeed at this?

No way, but I am getting better every week and as long as I see progress, I’m very happy. Plus, my work is done.

Take a break – you deserve it

I spend about 10 hours online every day. Some days it is longer and at other times I’m even taking a day off *gasp. The thing is, that it is easy to forget to smell the roses. We get so absorbed into our online activities/business that hours seemingly fly by and before we know it, another day has gone.

Every now and then reward yourself to step away from your computer. I do this by taking a couple of days off to recharge my batteries, watching a great movie at night or spend time with my pet birds during the day.

Having the freedom of being my own boss allows me to do this whenever I please and as long as my clients are happy and the work is done, I can kick back and relax.

Web 2.0 is great for many reasons, but please don’t let it run your life. Yoda was right you know. It is easy to get sucked into all the hype and before we know it,Web 2.0 runs our life instead of the other way round.