I did it! I gave myself a totally tech free holiday for 10 days and was amazed how it recharged my batteries!
It was exactly what I needed after a busy year and before we moved into 2015 with more lofty goals!
During the Christmas holidays, my family went on a Caribbean cruise to celebrate my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. My parents, my 3 brothers and our families – total of 16 people (everyone got along and no one even thought of throwing anyone overboard!)
I had heard the cruise internet charges were excessive so I decided to make a bold move and leave my iPhone and laptop in my office – giving them a holiday, too. My husband did the same. My teenage girls still brought their devices, and whenever we were on shore with free wi-fi, they were sucked backed into the vortex of catching up on messages with their friends. However, my husband and I learned to relax, sit back and just ENJOY!
I’ll admit, I was a little concerned whether I should do this but in the end I gave myself permission and realized it was SO worth it.
My family re-learned how to communicate and meet without the help of texting. It was simply, “Let’s meet at the bar before dinner or at the elevators at 10am for a shore excursion.” And, it worked!
I’ll admit, it was hard at times but it helped knowing it was quieter during the Christmas holidays and I have a great team in place who I empowered to take care of things as they know me well enough on how I would handle a situation and/or make decisions.
Here’s 5 tips to help you have a tech-free holiday:
- Empower your team. It is a great way to ensure you have good communication and processes in place to allow others to step in and take care of things on your behalf.
- Leave your devices behind. It’s too tempting to check email messages if you have your iPhone/blackberry/laptop with you because you can easily get sucked into the electronic vortex!
- Let your clients know in advance that you will be away and if there is anything that needs to be addressed before you leave; otherwise your team will be there to take care of them.
- Relax, enjoy and recharge. When you turn it off, you’ll be amazed at how you will recharge your batteries and have to time to reflect on what’s really important – the bigger picture/vision in your life …and of course your business.
- If you start to get anxiety – then make a quick call to the office to ensure all is ok…or go to the bar and have a drink!
Are you willing to take the tech–free challenge this year (and get away from the snowy cold winter?) I highly recommend it!