Have you ever been unplugged for an extended period of time? In other words, have you ever stopped doing the following for a prolonged stretch:
If not, you might want to try it. Getting unplugged and recharged are critical success factors for both your life and business. When you get unplugged, you will be able to make more time for what matters most in your life.
I am not one to be unplugged for extended periods of time too often. The reason? I’m an engaged business owner who LOVES the work I do!
With that said…
I know getting unplugged and recharged are critical success factors for my life and business. Therefore, even though I rarely unplug for prolong stretches, I definitely unplug every day by investing in activities that recharge my batteries. For instance:
- I unplug by exercising practically every day in order to recharge physically, mentally, and emotionally
- My family unplugs, sits down, and eats dinner together regularly so that we can reconnect and recharge our relationships with one another
Because of these and other practices, my batteries are continually being recharged. Still, there is an added benefit to getting unplugged for an extended period. Think of it as being recharged over time by a slow, trickle charge rather than by short, quick charges every day. The trickle charge lasts longer and does a more thorough recharging.
Unplugging and recharging are critical success factors for you too! Yet, with all that’s on your plate, do you ever wonder how you can unplug for an extended period of time? Try these ideas:
Restrict. Being unplugged for an extended period of time only works if you don’t! Therefore, restrict yourself from emails, tweets, and most online activities. It’s called being “unplugged” for a reason, and each time you log back in you lose a bit of that trickle charge you’re trying to gain. Stay strong, especially during the first few days, and your payoff will be a refreshed you.
SIDE NOTE: You don’t have to restrict yourself completely from social media. Post pictures of what you’re doing. Engage with others in ways you can’t regularly. These activities can actually play a role in recharging your batteries.
Energize. The best way to unplug from one type of activity is to get energized by another. Don’t just sit around, engage in experiences you enjoy.
Sentry. One reason people cannot unplug for extended periods of time is they are afraid of missing something important. If this is a concern for you, ask someone to be your sentry. Have this person browse through your emails every few days and alert you to anything important. If your sentry notifies you of something urgent, simply plug in for a matter of minutes to respond to these requests, then unplug again knowing someone is still on guard for you.
Time. Another reason people cannot unplug is they are afraid of the piles of emails and online messages that will be waiting for them once they return. However, if you take time to disengage before you unplug and then re-engage when you plug back in, your pile shouldn’t be too bad. For instance, I took time to disengage before unplugging by explaining to my coaching clients, as well as to the online communities I’m a part of, that I would be unavailable for a few weeks. I even told them that most of my emails during this time would be deleted, so if they needed something from me they should wait until I plugged back in on a certain date. Upon returning a few weeks later, I took time to re-engage slowly. I spent one day catching up on personal items and two days catching up on business items before I “officially” plugged back in. Needless to say, I was able to hit the ground running!
Getting unplugged and recharged are critical success factors to life and business. It’s important to do both on a daily basis, but sometimes you need a trickle charge that can only come from being unplugged for an extended period of time.
Questions: Have you been able to unplug for an extended period of time? What did you do and how did it recharge you? Share your secrets with us!