Going, going, going for it hammer and tong, day in, day out just ain’t good for the soul.
Remember the notion of the Sabbath? A time to rest, recover and recharge. It’s what weekends used to be for, remember?
Nowadays though, with the increase in the use of technology, it can be harder and harder to have a break from the daily grind. We can find ourselves literally at the beck and call of the demands of the workplace as the emails and messages can reach you at any time of day or night as long as you check them (*HINT: if your work emails aren’t forwarded to your phone, work is less likely to be on your mind when you’re out and about doing life).
It concerns me that phenomena such as ‘device dependency’ and ‘connection withdrawal’ are being more commonly discussed. I’m going to suggest that being unplugged for a day or two (or can you possibly imagine even longer!) might actually be really good for you. How you might ask? As a good friend explained it to me recently, having a break from technology allows you to be more present in the situation and surroundings you’re in and less distracted by people and places that aren’t where you are. By being more mindful of your experiences, you’re more likely to appreciate and benefit from them more and so return to work more productive and energised than ever.
I’m committing to keeping my weekends as device free as possible (certainly all day Saturday) and am looking forward to experiencing the benefits. Do you have a time in the week that you unplug? What benefits do you experience as a result?