While we’re getting ready to head into the holidays and take some much-needed days off, I’m always surprised at how hard it is for people to unplug. To step away from their laptops and tablets and mobile phones so you can be PRESENT with the people around you.
One of my biggest pet peeves when coming into a meeting is everyone looks busy behind a computer or is staring down at their phone. (I realize I’m guilty of it too, especially when it’s a presentation about a topic I’m not super interested in… But I recognize this fault and am working on it!) Meetings aren’t really fun, but if everyone came to the meeting, laptops/phones/tablets down, and paid attention for the allotted amount of time, it can be a productive use of time. Get in, get out.
Beside its being a huge distraction and rather rude to the teacher and class, I turn off my phone and place my items to the side when I come to the yoga studio. When I come to a 90 minute class, I want to get the most out of that time. I am MAKING time for myself by choosing to be there. What could be so important and earth shattering in those 90 minutes to need to be reachable?
It’s funny that people assume because I’m savvy about social media that I’m a super connected tech user 24/7. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! When I’m home, my two hands are too busy trying to get a toddler to sit on the potty, put his pants back on, feed him, wipe up messes (and there are lots of messes!), wipe up snot, open snail mail, pay bills, fold laundry, pick up toys, etc. etc. etc.
I actually welcome opportunities to run away from tech as often as I can. Turn off my phone so I can get a massage? Yes, please. Shut down my laptop so I can get out and enjoy some fresh air? Hell yeah. Actually have time to recharge my energy and get a little bit of my soul back instead of being a slave to the man? Absolutely.
I shared this on Twitter the other day, but I was nodding my head when the list of trends by ad agency JWT got to #7 and #10.
Number 7 talked about rage against the machine, meaning being burnt out on overusage of tech. Not every moment in life needs to be Instagram’ed. And number 10 is mindful living. It’s no wonder that yoga and meditation are exploding in the stressed-out West.
This holiday season, I invite you to join me in unplugging, even for a couple hours here and there. Life is much better lived in the present. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and enjoys a few days off for themselves!