When was the last time that you totally UNPLUGGED from technology? I know that may be scary to some and I thought it was totally impossible. I mean I have my own business, I rely on social media and technology for a large portion of it. What happens if……?
A million reasons run through your mind as to why you should NOT unplug, right? What did we do BEFORE technology took over our lives. I used to call people until I got someone on the phone or if they had a machine, I left a voice mail. The truth is business survived and thrived, right?
The last time that I totally unplugged was on our cruise in 2011. By totally, I mean no cell phone or internet. No communication with anyone that was not on the trip. After the first 24 hours (the roughest), I actually didn’t think about technology. I was enjoying building relationships with people face to face.
Although I haven’t unplugged completely in a long time, I have changed the way that I look at technology and its effect on my life.
So what’s the effect of technology on your life? I bet A LOT of the requests for your time, your money, and your energy come to you digitally, right? Probably mostly via email as well as messages on LinkedIn, Facebook and other social networking sites. And it is stressing you out. It’s distracting. And worst of all you suffer from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). I know that I am not alone in this. I have told my team and others in direct sales “there is no PURSE (substitute your product) emergency”. So I finally took my own advice.
Yes, I used to check email in the middle of networking meetings; while stopped at red lights; in the middle of dinner with my family; and as soon as my eyes popped open in the morning. I used to hate to have any notifications showing on my phone.
I was afraid. Afraid of missing out: on booking a party or the next big potential customer or potential team member; or maybe someone on my team had a question. I was afraid of just not being “in the know” or worse yet, them going elsewhere. Crazy, right?
Here are some tips for unplugging and re-claiming your life. Honestly, who would want to join our direct sales business if we are always accessible? Is there really a “purse emergency”?
I have removed all notifications from my phone – the apps are still there but the only notifications that I get are text messages. My family does a lot of texting so it is a good way to connect with them long distance. I start my morning with devotions and coffee – social media comes later. I don’t even have multiple tabs open on my computer when I am working so I only check email periodically along with Facebook. I actually am more productive.
What will you do to #UNPLUG?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!