Vacation from technology (December 2015)

Posted by reyjunco on December 10, 2015 in Commentary |
Relaxing away from technology Junco

Photo by Kim Seng https://www.flickr.com/people/captainkimo/

tl;dr : If you email me between 12/16/15 and 1/8/16 I won’t get it. 

Those of you who have been following my work for a while know that every year I take two of what I’ve affectionately termed “vacations from technology.” Usually once during the summer and once in December, I turn off all the digital things like email and social media. I won’t lie: the first day is really really hard. On that first day, I usually check my phone multiple times expecting there to be a new message or notification. However, after that brief adjustment, it’s truly a transcendent experience. No, I’m not joking. I’m a big believer in David Allen’s thesis that email and other technologies exert a pull on your subconscious mind making you feel like there’s more to do. Because if you aren’t vigilant you might miss that ever important email. You know – the one that if you miss might cause you to suffer career, health, or social consequences.

So I’m taking a break from that pressure in order to recharge and recenter so that I can come back to my work at full emotional and physical operating capacity. To that end, I will not be checking emails during my break and all emails I receive during that time will be deleted. Coming back to an inbox that takes me at least a week to process defeats the core purposes of my break. Therefore, if you want to reach me via email, make sure your email gets to me before Wednesday December 16 or after Friday January 8, 2016. The other important bit is that I will be deactivating my Facebook during that time. If you don’t know how that works, it’ll look like I’ve deleted my Facebook profile until I sign back in again in January.

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