Unplugging

So yesterday was the perfect storm of personal and work events. Way too hectic. At the end of the day I was going to Disney’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party at Magic Kingdom. Once home, and getting ready to head to the park I got multiple texts, emails, and calls about work.

I love my iPhone. I use it all the time. I have a lot of useful apps, and being connected to the office has paid off countless times.

But.

I knew that the things at work would consume my family time if I didn’t get away from it. I did not want to spend the evening on the phone email, and texting. So, even though I had a handy new app for seeing Disney attraction wait times, I left my phone at home.

I’m not sure you understand how big a deal this is. I love my job, and like to excel at it. I like to be able to be responsive. I like my phone, and like to be able to look at the weather info (which we needed since it rained) and anything else I want. I love being connected.

But that connectivity comes with a leash. To have that access, I also had to be willing to see texts and messages about work, which would distract me from my family. I chose to disconnect from my electronic tether. I spent the next several hours without a phone at all. I missed it, but I enjoyed the time with family. I got home and had 6 emails and 4 texts about work. I replied to some then, and dealt with the rest today.

The world didn’t stop spinning. Work didn’t crash and burn. I survived.

I kind of liked it.

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3 thoughts on “Unplugging

  1. Phil Baker

    I agree. Humans have only so many input/output ports so its healthy to periodically disconnect something to reconnect with something else.

  2. Steve Smith

    Scott, I’m taking next Monday and Tuesday off to spend with my family, as our girls are out of school for fall break. You have inspried me to leave my phone at home while we’re out. It will be hard, but I know the rewards will be great!

  3. Brian Hume

    Good for you! I too am working on being in charge of the priorities in my life. It is way to easy for the interruptions to take over and consume every moment. There will always be work but only you can be Husband and daddy.

    Way to go. Keep it up and tell Hathaway to leave you alone.

    B

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