I know the very thought of unplugging for 7 days sends shockwaves into our little smart brains. (I mean smart phones!) 7 days without an iPhone, iPad, TV, internet, Netflix, Pandora, and social media. The one that sounds the best, yet also makes me nervous, is 7 days without email (a get out of jail free pass!).
I am one of 46% who describe their smart phones as something I could not live without. What will my 140,000+ followers on Twitter do without me for 7 days? Probably run, skip and jump. Perhaps, I can encourage them to power down from the addiction as well?
Researchers from Harvard and the University of Virginia did an experiment, Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind, in which they gave people a choice to either: A) sit in an empty room for 6-15 minutes with only their thoughts (no devices, books, papers, phones, etc.) or B) give themselves an electric shock during this quiet time.
67% of men chose to shock themselves (some multiple times during the 15 minutes) out of pure boredom. Only 25% of women chose the shock. (Way to go Women!)
Why would I unplug for a week? Because my capacity to go deep, to be alone with myself and my God, is so essential to an authentic life and leadership.
Also, I would like to:
- Know I can do it
- Slow down and listen to what I am not hearing
- Listen, unrestricted, and then respond
- Ask Julie, my wife, what she truly desires for our "second half". Okay... "fabulous third" part of life.
Success for me has never been about doing more, but doing things better! And I continually need to get better! I need time and space to read unrestricted. I need to do a 7 day technology cleanse.
I recently read the cheetah, the fastest land animal on earth, can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3 seconds. They also spend up to 18 hours a day sleeping... In essence, they are sleeping their way to the top of the animal kingdom. I need some time to lay low and review my life plan. I want to take a weeklong hiatus from technology in order to remind myself of the important things in life.
So, how am I going to do it? I think it will be best to build it around a vacation spot with my wife. I am thinking all I will need are the bare essentials:
- my Bible
- flipflops and shorts
- 2-3 good books
- a place to work-out and hike
- my journal to record highs/lows
Key thoughts I need to capture: I know I will need to be around some inspiring nature, especially water. I know my wife will have her phone for communication purposes. "I promise not to sneak a peak at Twitter... so help me God!"
So what do you think? Could you go a day without technology? Could you go a whole week? A month?
I'm not sure all that I will gain and learn, but I am eager to try. I think I will come out stronger and better able to serve and inspire.
I would love to hear your story of "unplugging"!
Blessings to you,
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