Tech Break once a week is healthy for you and your business.
The world won't end, your business won't crumble. You may even enjoy more success by taking a tech break once a week.
We have screens at our desks, in our cars, on our phones and the future holds screens in our eyeglasses. We have come to rely on tech for all quick answers, to help us decide whether we go outside, stay in, see a movie, when to eat, where, and that all important "status update" and those "check-ins." It has become our binky, our pacifier, wooby – whatever your term for constant comforter.
If we don't take breaks to recharge and reconnect with living things that are right in front of us or outside our door, we will lose touch, our edge our balance. Take a break.
I issue a challenge: Mark the date with a reminder for the day before in your tasks, calendars. Write the event in such a way that you look forward to this new freedom each week. Try this:
"Sunday, May 6 – All Day Event!
SCREEN FREE DAY
Garden, read a book, paint, create, visit, shop, hike, walk, cook
Pick up to three for the day.
Only tech permitted: GPS and camera so you can post the next day and tell what you did THE DAY BEFORE. "
See, no one will fault you for having so much fun you didn't share while in progress. When we are so busy sharing in progress, we aren't really present enjoying the actual event.
I work from home and am the main income-earner in the family. I could continue to work every day and let the family enjoy outside, hiking, biking and creating without me. But, what income is worth that price? How can I be of value to my family if I'm never present for them? Even if I were single, I'd rather spend one day volunteering, imersing myself in nature or hanging out with friends to recharge my heart for the week to come. Inspiration comes from getting outside and experiencing a variety of venues and situations. You can't experience life by reading about it online.
Some tips from Shawn Levy of the Oregonian on Tech Sabbath How-tos
- Set Realistic Parameters. Don't swear off every elecronic device absolutely. If watching a movie with the family is old-fashioned leisure to you, allow yourself to use the TV and make it thea centerpiece of your day offline. If you don't have a landline phone, allow youself use of a cellphone for important calls, but don't use it to text.
- Choose the day that suits you best. Being offline every Sunday may not suit your lief. A number of people recommend using the Jeish Sabbath (sundown Friday to sundown Saturday) as a guideline because 1) it comes at the very end of the workweek and seems truly celebratory as a result, and 2) it allows you to be online for at least part of every day.
- Build the practice gradually until you're comfortable with making a regular practice of it. If you can't see dedicating a day every week to a Tech Sabbath, sart, perhaps, with dedicating inoe day – or one weekend – a month.
- Plan activities that keep your mind off technology. If you're skiing or hiking or taking a long bike riade, that day offline will feel shorter. If you're sitting around the house bored, chances are you'll lapse and turn on your computer.