This is Embarrassing…and Very Instructive

I swear I am not making this up…

Late Thursday afternoon we were getting ready to go out to Lake Lanier for dinner and a boat ride  with our Step Family Small Group from church.article marketing, jeff herring

I’m putting in my contacts and thinking “OK, I need to remember my reading glasses for the menu, get the shorts with the right pockets.”

And then came this crazy thought: “Yeah but if I forget my reading glasses, I can just hit control and the + sign to make the menu bigger…”

Say what?

Gee Jeff, been spending a lot of time in front of the computer – as in TOO MUCH?

So I decided that Father’s Day would be a “tech free” day – set up Sunday Morning Inspiration on Saturday, and turned off everything, including my smart phone, for the entire day Sunday. Helped make it a great day…

And this morning, when I got up and turned on this machine a few hours ago, I found myself very excited to get to work. I love what I do everyday, but the day off made me even more excited this morning.

I think I may be on to something…what do you think?

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24 Comments

  • A day unplugged can be a real boost to the brain. I’ve learned that I occasionally just need a break from the BIG screen in front of me – like a LIFE. My kids swear I work 24/7. I don’t, but it does sometimes feel like my time away from “Fred” has to be planned. 🙂

  • Hmmm, but what if my son or my grandkids sent me an email? And I went for a whole day without seeing it? Nope can’t do a day away. No way!

    • Eric Hvisc

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      the smartest thing I did on my smartphone was to turn off notifications for messages and e-mail, but make the ringer of the phone real loud. The people important to me have my phone number, every one else can wait. now I check the phone every hour during the work week, but a lot less on the week ends.

  • Jeff, I take at least one laptop free day weekly as a way to recharge and refresh. It makes a big difference. When I head to the mountains of NC, I’ll push that limit to 2 days and really struggle to turn back on again as reality is so much more connective for me, than virtuality. Each to their own!

  • I have on occasion nearly walked into doors expecting them to open automatically…

  • Debbie Edwards

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    From the beginning, the human cycle was planned and the highest and best use of the seventh day was built into creation of humankind–rest from labor, rejuvenation of the spirit and fellowship with family.

  • OMG the same type of things happens to me as well! I decided a very similar thing. I’ve instituted Fun Fridays. I’m going to get everything set up ahead of time so I can take Fridays off to hang out and have Summer fun with my kiddo. We’ve put together some “activity cards” and we’ll pick something fun to do Thursday night. I think it’s really important to remember WHY I work from home, and it’s definitely NOT to have my face in the computer screen 24/7. Great catch Jeff, and if you ever find a restaurant where the ctrl + works on the menu ~ let me know. 🙂

  • I’m with MaryJo. I generally stay too busy juggling caring for elderly parents, babysitting grandchildren, and writing to take a whole day off. But I’m having fun doing it, so I’m fine with that. 🙂

    But your story gave me such a chuckle as I’ve done similar “techie” things as well. In fact, even the younger generation is doing it. When I play tag with my grandkids, nowadays, instead of asking for a time out, they’ll go, “Pause, grandma, pause.” 🙂

  • Jan Malloch

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    Jeff – Having one day offline every week (or more) really does make a difference! Make a schedule of what you will do online instead of simply going online and frittering away valuable time!
    I feel some articles coming on 🙂

  • Kathy Pop

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    I agree with you Jeff. Sometimes a day away can bring about a new ideas and renewed enthusiasm. You just have to get through the Web withdrawal first.

    Hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day away from the PC.

  • Susan Fleming

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    Well, I’ve gotten to the place where I can leave my phone in the car when I go to my Discipleship Group, and sometimes when I’m out with friends, but I haven’t worked up to a whole day yet. Is there a patch for that??

  • That’s hilarious Jeff. We all need to unplug and decompress at times.

    I hope you enjoyed your Father’s day partner.

    Keep rockin,
    John

  • Dr. Debbie Thompson

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    I participated in a 10 week teleclass where we used the book “Get Clients Now!” as a structure. The book is about getting things done in business and they also have you check-in regularly on the Mind and Body. The program (and the book) was amazing in so many ways and one of the things they HIGHLY suggest was to take 2 days off every week. I resisted and fought this suggestion. I argued to myself and others that this was my passion…it kept me excited…I loved my work…it energized me and, and, and… I finally gave in and took the 2 days off…scattering throughout my week. I was shocked with the results on all levels. Thank you, Jeff, for reminding me of how powerful it is to step away from all of my doing…my work…no matter how great or how good it is.

  • Jeff,

    About 3,400-3,600 years ago there was a small population roaming around what we now call the Middle East, and then settled in what became the Land of Israel. They invented and perfected a bunch of new things, and among them this notion of Sabbath (or, in Hebrew, their language, Shabbat). In fact, not only they invented it, but they also legislated it as an obligation for all members of that society to follow. Why? Because of its power–which is exactly what you rediscovered the other day.

    Since then, this law and all its implications, in various forms and shapes, has been observed by this small group of people (we call them Jews in English) uninterruptedly and quite intensely. In fact, it has become one of the core behavioral precepts of the Jewish way of life over the past 3,400 years–with an enormous amount of customers, literature, motivation, and emphasis around it. For example: it is the most important holiday in the Jewish calendar … and it occurs every 7 days!

    So yes, you ARE onto something 🙂

    Warmly,

    Sergiu

    • Gael mccarte

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      Great post

  • I totally agree with the day off. Although I may check in once on a Saturday or Sunday, the rest of the day I go to a movie, exercise, play with my pets and read. I also have avoided getting a phone that does anything more than make a call and receive one. I don’t want to be that connected to anything. I am so tired of seeing everyone with their heads down texting everywhere. I think it discourteous and non social!!

  • Patti Malone

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    Jeff – The exact same thing happens to me periodically. I try very hard to “do what I want and feel like” on weekends, and inevitably I end up at my computer at least one of those days. I think the clicking of the keys, checking on the email, and tweaking one or more things on my blog or website are all addictive. But I do try very hard to keep one day most weekends free of all these, so my mind can refresh and my body can get some sunshine. Thanks for sharing. And please don’t be embarrassed! 🙂

  • Ha Ha! Too funny. I don’t think that’s embarrassing at all. You probably did need a break, though. Happy belated Father’s day!

  • Jeff, I am so glad you discovered the magic of computer free days. Most of my Saturdays are computer free as far as work goes, but I do call my relatives in Germany on Skype video call on weekends. Implementing work/life balance is extremely important to me, so I schedule relaxation activities throughout the week as opportunities appear in my social calendar. Of course this goes hand in hand with negotiating acceptable deadlines for client commitments.

    Now, I didn’t invent this practice, in fact I learnt the importance from my previous employers who placed a high value on balancing work and family life. I simply added more commitment and implementation to it since I ventured out doing business on my own. Keep up the good life… your family will love it… All the best! Susanne

  • I too am guilty of spending too much time in front of the computer! I spent a couple of hours with a friend this afternoon planning a 2 week kayak and camping trip for later this summer. Just planning it made me start to relax and unwind. Just imagine if I actually take the trip! Unplugging, however briefly, definitely has an affect on your quality of life!

  • Peter Weston

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    Well Jeff, have you not heard of snow blindness! Well this is also true of monitor and small screen blindness that can affect your ability to think with a clear mind and speak coherently. This may be a bit wacky but hey, our brains need the rest as well as the body. We all need to have the time to chill completely and yes it definetly does regenerate the thought process so new ideas and strategies can grow.

    You must congratulate yourself in having the guts (excuse the pun) to unplug for a day. I bet you couldn’t do it for a whole week though! No don’t do it, where would we get our wise words from. LOL

  • Jeff-
    Congratulations on finding another productivity trick that works for you. As a recovering work-a-holic I talk about this quite a bit on my blog as well as with clients. I think you hit on two different critical points in one.
    1 taking time off is critical for our brains. The more consistently you give yourself rest the better it will work, so watch out world b/c even greater things are coming from Jeff!

    2 unplugging is also critical! You could have a day where you work and focus on your business yet not be plugged in. It is fantastic for creative & strategic thinking.

    To your success!
    Stephanie

  • Dan Rizzo

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    Awesome facts, quite a few many thanks towards the author.

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