I take a vacation every single weekend. It forces me to regain focus, refresh my mind and come in to work Monday with a new attitude. It allows me to live life intentionally.
However, my weekend vacations don’t involve packing a bag or getting on a plane. Instead, my vacations are “Digital Vacations.” Every Friday at 5pm, I turn off my cell phone and my laptop. I don’t turn on the television or radio and I literally unplug all weekend. I change my voicemail to say I’m not available and explain that I’m on a digital vacation.
Why? Our lives are so fast pace that we become too busy making a living, taking the kids to boy scouts, soccer practice, basketball, and going to work, that we get lost in the activity and lose the act.
A book I read a couple years back was called ‘One Word That Will Change Your Life‘ and basically the idea is to pick one word and focus on that one word for a whole year. You put all your decisions through a filter with that word being the main focus.
Before I started taking digital vacations, it dawned on me that I wasn’t being intentional with my life. I was going through the motions. So my word for last year was “intentionality.” I wanted to be intentional with my actions and decisions. Now I know that if I don’t take time to intentionally unplug, I’ll lose focus on my goals and what’s really important to me.
The benefits of unplugging are immeasurable. It’s produced more meaningful connections, it limits my distractions and forces me to be more engaged and present in the moment. This thinking also helps me to set limits on how much time I spend watching television, checking email and reading Facebook during the week.
I encourage you to take a digital vacation this weekend and see how it changes your perspective and your efficiency at work. Then tell me about your experience.