Unplug to Recharge

Oh! The View!

Recently my family and I took a 3 day camping trip with the goal of relaxing and enjoying family time.  As we were packing for Seward, Alaska I debated on if I should leave or take my work.  Working from home is a blessing because I can do my work anywhere there is an internet connection.  When we go on trips I always bring my laptop with me but this time there was a voice inside my head whispering "unplug yourself, leave your work, unplug yourself". So at the last minute I unpacked my computer and made the choice to unplug for 3 days!  This included my cell phone after we arrived at the camp site.

While driving the 127 mile trip I wondered if it was okay to leave my work for 3 days. What if a client had a social media emergency! How would I fix it without my computer? What if I missed out on an announcement for a new technology? Would people on facebook miss my posts and comments? Then I heard the whisper again "unplug...unplug".  Trusting my intuition I took some deep breaths and shifted my focus on the scenery.

Eventually the urge to check my email, browse my facebook newsfeed and share my experience via status updates faded into the background of mountains, ocean and smore's.  I became present and realized how wonderful it was to turn off the chatter and enjoy the real time chat with my family.

When I returned to my work I was jazzed up and energized for my clients.  Unplugging to recharge is so obvious yet can present as a challenge to efficiency and professionalism.  How do you unplug...or do you even unplug?  Share your ideas now by leaving a comment below.

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