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:
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.
- 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?