When you become disconnected from other people’s agendas, you accomplish much more and it frees your mind.
My Holiday Disconnect From Social Media and Email
Over the holiday break, my family went on vacation to Florida. Our first trip out of our home for Christmas. When we decided to book the trip, my wife and I asked our daughter what she thought and she responded, “Only if Santa will come visit us!”
Well Santa did make an arrival to our hotel room and I also elevated our hotel room with Christmas lights and a fake small tree.
Indeed Santa arrived and the joy of Christmas was transported from our home, to a hotel room in Florida.
I made the personal decision to become disconnected from social media and email during this time. Never had I completely removed myself from other peoples agendas for seven consecutive days.
How To Setup Disconnected Days
I love what Darren Hardy says about the Disconnected Day, “Disconnected Day: A day on creative production or rest and recovery off the digital communication grid.”
Sounds easy right? Just disconnect.
Have you ever lost your phone? What feelings did you have?
You can’t check email, alerts, texts, in fact you are completely lost without your phone.
Disconnected days can be used to focus on work or it can be used for relaxation and rest, however you must plan for these days.
- Block off time on your calendar – schedule it!
- Inform your family, friends, Mgr, anyone who might contact you and notify them about your disconnect day.
- Select a place outside of your office to work for the day IF your disconnect day is focused on work. Places such as: a coffee shop, library or individual space to work for the day.
- Setup an out of the office email notification, so it notifies individuals you are disconnected and will not respond to their email until you return.
- Mentally prepare for this day, know what you want to accomplish and write it down.
Benefits of Implementing Disconnect Days
While on vacation, it was Christmas morning and my daughter asked if she could go swimming at 9am. We headed to the pool without my cell phone and I can remember watching her swim and taking that memory into my mind. That memory will not be forgotten.
In a article written by Darren Hardy, he shares about the benefits of disconnected days he experienced.
The benefits of disconnected days include:
- Allows you to focus on what matters.
- Removes the emotional and psychological attachment of having to be “on-call”.
- You get MORE done in less time.
- Elevates your mentally joy given you won the day!
When I took the time to disconnect on vacation, I noticed things I hadn’t before, I was fully present.
2018 Challenge – Minimum of 50 Disconnected Days
Will you take the 2018 challenge and schedule at least 50 disconnected days in 2018?
Our minds are trained to look for the easy way to achieve our goals and if you implement this minimalist guide to productivity, by scheduling your disconnected days, you will elevate your probability to achieve your goals.
Personally, I am allocating one business day per month to focus on work and taking every Sunday off social media and email.
I’ve seen the benefits of the disconnected days and you will also!
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