I write this post with a grain of salt, as it speaks to the opposite of what I do from day to day as an IT Manager at Eakes Office Solutions. But, I gave it try a month ago, and it resulted in one of the best vacations I have ever had. I am talking about turning off the technology. This means taking phones, tablets, laptops… basically anything that plugs in or can take you to the internet, and turning them off for a few days, or even only for a few hours.
This all started as I was gearing up for a vacation with my wife. I had to step back and think about why I am really going on this trip. The answer was not so I could have my nose in my phone, tablet, or even work for that matter. The real answer here is that I was going on vacation. I decided to make the vacation exactly what it should be – time away from work and anything the ties you to it. For me, it meant once we got on an airplane, I had to turn off my phone and be with the people around me to enjoy the experience.
I spent the next 5 days not using my phone or electronic devices and it turned out to be AWESOME. I know that can sound odd coming from a technology person, but sometimes we just need to put the devices down and enjoy those around us, and really soak up the time we are sharing together. Now that my little experiment has proved to me that I don’t need to be plugged in all the time, I am trying to incorporate this into my daily life as well. I challenge you, the reader, to try to set aside your devices for an hour, evening, or if you’re feeling bold, an entire weekend and see the results. You may be surprised to discover how it makes you feel.