Vacation from Technology

March 9, 2011 by Barb Scala  
Filed under Blog, What's New

42-16535651I just came back from vacation.  Even though I went south to sun, surf, warm weather (I’m sure you heard about our weather in the northeast this winter) and wore cute sundresses and sandals, the highlight of my vacation was taking a break from technology.

But, I didn’t go cold turkey. It was more of a voluntary withdrawal. Even though I had a cell phone to keep up with emails and my Mac in a new carrying case, by the second day I was forgetting to plug my phone into the charger and the only website I linked to all week was Weather.com. Away went Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. My email inbox? By the end of the week it was piled high with e-newsletters and a slew of people selling products or programs or telling me how they can better promote my website. What about texting? I figured if it was important, they’d call.

A break from cyberland is great. I recommend it. It allows you to be present in the moment and not tied to what’s going on somewhere else. Part of my Seeds for Success is to be positive and being present is a subset. So you don’t miss out on what’s going on right before you or ignoring the people you are with in the moment.

I’ll have to admit that I do get aggravated when I’m in a meeting and it’s interrupted to answer a text. Or worse yet, when out to dinner someone takes a call at the table. This disrupts the art of being present and the flow of our time together. It also makes the person who is sitting there feel a bit uncomfortable.

Next time I’m on vacation, I’m going to leave the computer at home. My phone? Okay, so  I won’t totally disengage from the world but if I don’t charge it, what good is it? Better yet, how about periodic staycations from technology too. Unplugging while at home has to be therapeutic. Maybe I could go cyberless one day a week. But now I get ahead of myself.

Try unplugging when on vacation. You might notice something you could have missed.

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