Thoughts and such like.....
There's a lot of chatter on social media about cutting the cord: the electronic cord. Have you ever tried it?
I do, sometimes deliberately others without noticing. I might spend a day, a weekend without touching my computer, phone, tablet or whatever, and I feel great, missing something but not sure what!
Kovert designs in the UK designs wearable jewelry that allows people to remain connected but with boundaries, they do this through data collection and research, read the follow article from Fast Company about Koverts research and find out what happens to your brain during a digital detox, it's fascinating
I read this article yesterday, and then waiting for a friend I struck up a conversation with my server about mobiles and how he has talked with so many people who immediately upon waking reach for their phones. I'm amazed, yes I use my phone as an alarm, but once the alarm is off, the phone is off until I'm awake, had my tea and maybe even breakfast before I check e-mail and all the social media I am on. I wasn't always this way, it took me some time and work before I could turn off the habit, but it has changed my mornings. I know I can wait to see my messages, I'm not that important that I have to check them before I have worken up. I continue to have a land line, it's part of my business and my friends and family know if they need to connect with me urgently they can phone me on it.
So why this need to stay connected? We talk of how stressed we are, and yet, we check our e-mails and messages constantly - what would happen if you did not look at your work e-mail once you left your office at night until you arrived back the next day? Would the sky fall? Oh you argue, my employer expects me to be able to respond? Why? Are you paid to work 24 hours? Is it you and your ego, or have you given that expectation? The one that says my work is so much more important than my family and friends? So today my challenge to you is, this weekend turn off for one day, can you do it? Let me know how you fare, and if you need a little help, let me know that too... Now it's 5:00 pm, time to turn off my computer, have some tea on my deck and maybe a walk in the evening sunlight.
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