Are you one of those? You know, the ones that can never disconnect from their cell phones, blackberries, laptops, or iPad? The operative word is never. The social phenomenon of being connected to our personal and professional worlds, 24/7, is part of our pop culture.
The job spill dilemma is the most challenging of all. If your’e always connected, you can never really disengage when you’re on vacation or relaxing on a beach somewhere. Isn’t the point of a vacation to enjoy a “get-a-way?” Can you resist the pull and self-impose a disconnect? The job will be there upon your return, so make the most of your time away from it. Stay in that moment while it lasts.
If you really want to get the greatest benefit from your vacation, try reading a great novel, engage in any physical activity that you don’t normally do, or take a nap. Defy the temptation to hook up with your work-related life. Don’t be a victim just because the hot spots are there because you know then you’ll feel compelled to connect. It is the ultimate exercise in self-control. It’s difficult to ignore the lure of the Internet, but it will still be there when you get home and so will Face Book, Twitter, your Inbox, etc.
How we manage our leisure time correlates to how we balance our lives. Social media may be an addicting phenomenon, but we can control it by making choices. This is the ultimate exercise in time-management. Maybe connect once a day, or check e-mails every other, or not at all. You choose. We all like to think that we are indispensable, but life still goes on in our absence.
Focus on reducing the brain clutter, re-direct the barrage of thoughts spiraling through your brain. Allow yourself to slow down, drift off, and feel the calm.
It’s hard to remember a time when weren’t connected to our technology. I can remember when leaving the office really meant leaving the work behind. Ahhh….vacation. Take it and run. Let go. Relax. Escape. Disconnect. Can you do it?