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 and my family is stretched out all over. I rely on social media and technology for a large portion of my communication with family and friends. What happens if……?
The truth is that this weekend while I am at National Conference, I will be “unplugging” for long periods of time. I know it may not seem like as your news feed on Facebook is flooded with moments in my pink bubble yet I am. This is a time for me to fill my cup and build relationships with my Thirty One sisters. Will the world end? No.
I am sure there are a million reasons you can think of as to why you should NOT unplug, right? BEFORE technology took over our lives. we used to call people on the phone. if there was no answer, we kept calling. If they had an answering machine, we would leave a message. The truth is business survived and thrived. Our relationships were probably stronger because we had real lace to face conversations instead of “pictures” and snip its on social media.
The first time I totally unplugged was on our first cruise. I was filled with the fear of “what if”. Then each time got a little easier. The first 24 hours are always the roughest then as time went on I actually didn’t think about it. I was enjoying building relationships with people face to face. I found that I even enjoyed being “unplugged” for short periods of time.
I haven’t totally unplugged in a long time, although I have changed some things so that technology does not consume my life. What about you?
What effect is technology having on your life? Does it consume your time, maybe your money, and without a doubt your energy, right? How often do you check email as well as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites? Are you obsessed with seeing what others are posting? Does it distract you from living in the moment? And worst of all, do you suffer from FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)? I have learned through my recent health challenges that being in the “moment” is much healthier for me mentally, physically and spiritually. I have always said “there is no PURSE (substitute your product or reason for constant checking) emergency”. I finally took my own advice.
Do I still check email in the middle of a meeting; while stopped at red lights; in the middle of dinner with my family; and as soon as my eyes popped open in the morning? No. I am learning to put the phone or the tablet away. I even stopped having notifications show up on my phone.
The fear has subsided. I am no longer afraid. No longer afraid of missing out: on booking a party or the next big potential customer or potential team member; or maybe someone on my team needs. I no longer worry about family being able to reach me. HELLO, we have mobile phones, right, if there is an emergency. The fear of not being “in the know” or worse yet, having people go elsewhere for orders, parties or information is CRAZY!
Check out these tips for unplugging and re-claiming your life this weekend. Honestly, who would want to have their own business if you had to be accessible 24/7?
Notifications from my phone are gone! Yes, I still have apps but the only notifications that I get are text messages. 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. I have scheduled blocks of time to check email, Facebook and my other social media accounts. Believe it or not, I actually am and feel more productive in my business and in my personal life.
What will you do to #UNPLUG?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!