Today I am sitting at Jersey Shore Medical Center waiting patiently (ok maybe not) for hubby to have his procedure and head to a room. I was in this same spot 7+ years ago. The only difference is, this time is a battery replacement which they say is a simple procedure. I know, what does this have to do with being unplugged right? Well, I might be more plugged in today to pass the time but as soon as he is out of surgery, I am unplugging.
When was the last time you totally UNPLUGGED from technology? A scary thought, right? I used to think it was impossible. I have my own business and 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 I totally unplugged was on our cruise in 2011. By totally, I mean no cell phone or internet. No communication with anyone who wasn’t on the trip. After the first 24 hours (always the roughest), I actually didn’t think about technology. I enjoyed the trip and the people around me..
I haven’t totally unplugged for a long time, I have changed the way I look at technology and its effect on my life. My obsession with my phone is a habit I developed during my relapse – a way to escape and turn off the people around me. Did I know it then? NOPE! I justified it in a million different ways. Now, I struggle with putting down the iPad. LOL. I started during puzzles and word games to help with my cognitive issues with my MS but it isn’t long before I am moving into scrolling Facebook or checking email.
What effect does technology have 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 I am not alone in this. I have always said “there is no PURSE (substitute your product/company/business) emergency”. So it was time I finally practiced what I preached.
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. Yup, all part of the obsessive/compulsive life.
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? The truth was (and still is some days) is I didn’t like myself enough to spend time with me so why would anyone else want to. A harsh reality which has come from recovery. As a result, I buried myself in social media where I could be who I wanted others to see – sometimes not letting them see the real me.
If you are in direct sales, thing about it…. who would want to join your team if we are always accessible? If your obsession is just with everyone else’s life, maybe unplug to spend some time exploring yourself and the beauty around you. Here are some tips for unplugging and re-claiming your life.
#1 – I removed all notifications from my phone – the apps are still there but the only notifications I get are text messages. My family does a lot of texting so it is a good way to connect with them long distance.
#2 – My phone is usually on “do not disturb except for my favorites”. This keeps me focused on enjoying time with those I am with instead of grabbing the phone every time it rings.
#2 – I start my morning with devotions and a smoothie – social media comes later.
#3 – I don’t have multiple tabs open on my computer. I try (sometimes I don’t succeed) in only checking email and social media periodically. I actually am more productive.
What do you do to #UNPLUG?
Have a blessed day!