Taking Time to #Unplug

You may have heard of The National Day of Unplugging or something similar. It’s a simple idea, put away your devices, unplug yourself from electronics and take some time to unwind.  While this “holiday” was inspired by the Sabbath and started by Reboot, a nonprofit Jewish community, the importance of it grows as our dependency on devices does.

The official day of unplugging starts tonight (March 1) at sundown, so if you are up for it, you have some time to prepare. Wind up your old alarm clock, set your DVR and get ready to spend the day practicing the ancient art of speaking to people.  Go for a walk, read a book, connect with nature and most importantly, enjoy the world around you.  Remember that feeling?  Remember before everyone’s device was attached to them like an extra limb? Remember when it would be totally rude to have someone you were talking to look away and read their mail? We’re all so nostalgic about “simpler times” but it’s time to unplug and think about why we loved the simpler times.  They were relaxing and quiet and just plain simple. Even if you were on a computer or watching TV, that was all you were doing, no juggling of your tablet and phone with one eye on Facebook and one on Netflix. Simple.

Now if your job is online and you don’t really have the choice to take the day off, remember that every step counts. Sign off of your personal social media for the day or even just the afternoon and take a walk outside. Meet a friend for coffee and promise each other to leave your phones in your bag until your drinks are done.  Disconnect for even an hour and relish in how good it feels to be free from the never-ending information overload and focus on your surroundings.  You’ll be amazed at what will start to stick out as important, at what your brain can come up with when not faced with the constant stream of other people’s ideas.  Problem solving, motivation, organization, it can all stem from a clear mind and you may just find the inspiration you were looking for inside of you, instead of on Pinterest.