If you’re like me you work with technology for a good part of your day every day you work. Then you go home and work, or chat, or play video games or watch TV. I know on most days I check my e-mail about 5 times a night after work. I use the excuse that it’ll help me keep up.
What a joke! What it does is simply cut into my leisure time! ;)
In an effort to maintain my balance I’ve taken to trying (yes, trying, I’ll admit to not being 100% successful) to spend a couple nights a week and at least a day on the weekend away from the computer, at the very least, and away from most technology all together. When I’ve been able to do it it’s been great. I’ve been noticing that the next day I’m much more creative and highly energized. As well, despite the fact that I do have a bit of catching up to do, it feels like I’m more productive overall. Could be just a coincidence, but perception is reality right?
This also has allowed me to take care of quite a few long-standing to-dos and want-to-dos. You know those things you just never seem to find the time to take care of? It’s pretty amazing at how much you can get done in the absence of those things that are in place to help you get things done and make your life easier.
Give it a try. I’d love to know how it works for you.