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:


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 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?


Quote and Question: Sunshine on a cloudy day?

“Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” -Anthony J D’Angelo

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Do you know people that always seem to be “filled with sunshine” regardless of their circumstances?

How do they do it? What do YOU do to generate your own sunshine on cloudy days?

Quote and Question: What will you do today to be more attractive?

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness.  For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.  For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry.  For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you’ll never walk alone.”
– Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) British Actress

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What will you do today to be more attractive?


All credit for this post goes to Kirk Weisler, Chief Morale Officer and one of my heroes.

Quote and Question: Attitude Determines Altitude (+ one of my heroes)

“Attitude determines altitude.” – Anonymous

Can you give an example of attitude impacting results (positive or negative)?

If you have never seen Nick Vujicic in action, check him out, he’s one of my heroes:

Quote and Question: What change do you intend to make in 2015?

What change do you intend to make in 2015?


“We shrink from change; yet is there anything that can come
into being without it? What does nature hold dearer or more
proper to herself? Could you have a hot bath unless the
firewood underwent some change? Could you be nourished if
the food suffered no change? Is it possible for any useful
thing to be achieved without change?
–Emperor Marcus Aurelius