We have all heard time and time again the importance of taking a break from technology. But as a dear friend used to say, "If it were easy, everyone would do it!"
In my former life, unplugging wasn't an option. When I first became a spokesperson for a Member of Congress, I carried my trusty flip phone everywhere I went and slept with it beside my bed. I was ready to respond to a breaking story at any time - day or night - and was energized by the ever-present possibility of being called into action. When Blackberries came onto the scene, I took this vigilance one step further: checking my email anytime I awoke over the course of the night and again before getting out of bed. I took pride in being the first to respond to an email chain or share relevant updates with my boss and colleagues. This may have served me well professionally, but it severely compromised my ability to be present.
When I began my new venture, I vowed to be less connected to a screen and better connected to people. I try not to check email or read the news before greeting the day on my own terms. I am gaining increasing comfort with leaving the phone at home when I go for an afternoon stroll with the babe or enjoy family time on the weekend. I cannot claim a flawless record, but I am reaping the rewards of being more present and intentional from moment to moment.
And tonight, when I board a plane with my husband for our first trip without the babe since becoming parents, I am doing so without my phone - or laptop. For the next week, the blog will pause as I unplug, hopefully returning refreshed and with renewed energy to invest in who and what matters most.
I encourage you to find even a few hours this week or weekend to do the same. Can you identify an opportunity - however brief - to unplug this week? What might you gain?