Are you afraid to turn off your cell phone?

Posted on June 9, 2011


turn off technologyReally – what will happen if you disconnect from technology? Will the world come to an end? Will your clients disappear? I think not. I am so disgusted by all the people who have their phones attached to their ears, having mindless conversations. I have yet to overhear an important conversation. Why do people have to talk so loudly? I watched a young women stumble and fall flat on her face, all the while yapping on her cell phone. She kept yapping while down on the ground, with her conversation switching to, “you won’t believe what just happened, I tripped and fell.”

Okay, rant over. I want to share my very positive experience with turning off technology. Maybe if I had a smartphone, it wouldn’t have been so easy. If you’ve read my previous blog posts, you know that I’m dying to get a smartphone. My unplugged experience was with my computer, but it could also work with cell phones.

The problem:

I wake up early and get in good exercise session. I’m feeling great and ready to take on the day. So far, so good.

I sit down in front of my computer. I check my email. I check my blog statistics. I check the latest news. I get up to pour myself more coffee. I check LinkedIn; I check Facebook. I check some job boards, I write a few networking emails. I check my blog statistics again. I think to myself, “I really need to do more with job search.” I check out local technology events.

Before I know it several hours have passed. I roll my head around, trying to get out the kinks in my neck. I stand up to strecth my back. I feel frustrated and tired.

Is it any wonder that my neck and back hurt? I’ve been hunched over a computer screen for hours. I am sort of using my brain, but staring at a computer screen doesn’t do much for my state of mind.

The solution:

1. Limit computer time to 90 minutes a day.

2. Make a list of what I’m going to do on the computer.

3. No computer time on Sundays.

I wasn’t sure how this would work. What would I do on Sundays during my down time? I now look forward to Sundays. I’m no longer on the computer after about 1 pm on Saturday.

The result:

Funny thing is, with a time limit and a list, I’m much more productive. I get my company and people research done in under 90 minutes.

My Sundays are spent quietly. I’m usually outside, enjoying nature with kayaking or hiking. I spend more time in prayer and reflection. I’m reading more books.

I am feeling more at peace now than I ever have been. Ideas are flowing faster and easier.  I’m happier.

Have you ever tried unplugging from technology? If so, what was your result?

Photo courtesy of Roland’s Flickr photo stream.

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