You may have noticed a lack of blog updates… or maybe not ;) Whichever, then there has been a good initial reason for this and then I’ve simply not got back into the habit of it. Habitual behaviour is another great blog topic I think I’ll cover in a later blog actually.
So what is the good reason (not an excuse, honestly!) I’m talking about? I’ve been on a #DigitalDetox — and yes, I did come up with that hashtag/expression as I think it sums it up perfectly ☺
As I was about to go on holiday then it dawned on me how much pressure I felt I was under. Work was incredibly busy, even more so than usual, and we had some seriously tight deadlines. I also knew I wasn’t going to be around for a week and then would be working abroad for a month after that. This meant that I had to make sure that everything was running well at the office and that even with modern comms (Skype etc) that my time away wouldn’t impact things too much. As most of you know I’m really active on social media and am constantly using Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and now Google+ amongst others. If I looked into it I think that from waking up to going to sleep I’d be amazed if I was offline more than 15 minutes each day. That’s quite a scary thought really.
Literally the day before I went away I decided I was going to go completely offline and off grid for the full week of my holiday. I felt I needed a complete break from everything and this was the only way to do so. The only other time I’ve done this in my life was on my honeymoon 5 years ago and for once I actually relaxed and came back totally refreshed.
So did I manage it?
Yes! As I boarded the plane I sent my last tweet along the lines of “See you in a week” and put my phone into airplane mode. I kept it there for the next week ☺ It was really hard for the first couple of days though. You don’t realise just how often you pull out your phone and do “stuff” just because it’s there. Like most people then I don’t just use my phone for online things like calls and internet etc. One of the main things I use mine for is taking photos (that I do alot!). I also use Evernote for making notes and the Kindle App for reading. The beauty of airplane mode is that you can still do all these things without the risk of going online at all; seeing text messages, voicemails, emails, tweets etc and then getting dragged back into your normal life.
After the first couple of days then I did feel totally free and liberated which is rare. I actually managed to switch off from my usual world and did loads of reading too. I think I read more in a week than I have done all year. So I see my #DigitalDetox as a huge success and will be doing the same on holidays in future.
If I can do this then anyone can and I highly recommend you give it a try. If you do then I’d love to hear how you found it so just get in touch with me on social media. If you have any tips then I’ll also share these with others on there too.
Originally published at richardjeaton.tumblr.com.