Lessons from vacation: 7 Days without technology

1995 was the last time I went 7 straight days without technology. No internet. No social media. No texting. Nada. Here’s what one ‘tech free’ week recently taught me:

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It’s easy to break the technology “habit” when…

  • You are intentional about doing so
  • You can count on your team back at work
  • You have provided emergency contact information to folks back home in case of emergencies

I missed technology when…

  • I wanted to enrich my experience by learning more about something (animal, weather patterns, historical marker, etc.)
  • I reached for my iPhone out of habit – no reason – just a habit.

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I learned…

  • I do not need technology
  • I benefit from technology
  • I LOVED feeling connected to my wife and family without distraction
  • 535 emails upon my return didn’t make a bit of difference in the scope of my life
    • 95 minutes to delete/file/forward all but 84 of those emails
    • New approach – I started ignoring email all but twice per day. (Think about it… if I can eliminate 84% of a week’s worth of emails in an hour and a half, my productivity should increase dramatically by intentionally ignoring email until focused time. I’ll keep you posted.)
  • Social Media went on without me and I did not need to ‘catch up’

When was the last time you were without technology for a “long time” and what did you learn?