Putting into practice Getting “Off the Grid”

How do you disconnect, get “off the grid”, or take a “digital sabbatical’?

For me, it is a day I decide that I need some time away. I want to be in the moment with the people I am connecting too, not thinking about all the responsibilities of work. 

It can start very small with a few hours  between checking email and your phone.  Just begin with a routine of checking email 3 times a day. 

The same can happen with your phone.  While we do use our cell phone for our family connections too, you can choose to return phone calls at 5 pm for a day. 

It can grow to be one day every week, like Sunday.  You can plan on a nap, plan some family fun, and plan some rejuvenation time.

And it can be a leap! You can take a week for a vacation or a stay-cation.  Using technology for information about your destination and your travel, you can restrict your technology connection.

So how does it start? With your commitment to being in the moment, taking time to take a break and taking time to do all those things you love.

Need more convincing? Check out this blog post by Gwen Bell.  http://www.gwenbell.com/digital-sabbatical/

For the other side’s perspective, here is also a blog by Peter Shankman.  http://shankman.com/how-do-you-define-off-the-grid/

How are you putting into practice a little R&R away from technology this summer? It is realistic? Do you want to?  I would love to know how you make the break or make the connections while away.

1 reply
  1. Tara
    Tara says:

    For me, it’s all about being in the moment with whatever I’m doing. I don’t need to be off the grid or take a digital sabbatical if I regularly spend time devoted to each aspect of my life.

    I agree with what you said in the beginning, if I don’t let my phone or email or other “urgent” matters keep me from doing things with my kids and husband (or whomever), then there’s really no need to unplug. 🙂

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