While Apple and others announced the latest and greatest in technology last week – I spent a week on the river with a group of scouts and only my digital camera and a battery-powered fan as technology.

by Pete Ferguson

How addicted to technology are you?

When I went on sabbatical several years ago, I actually felt phantom vibrations on my hip where my Blackberry used to be holstered. But part of the deal with my wife was to remove the battery and lock the device in my desk drawer.

I’m a lot more healthy in my habits now and I look forward to reading my favorite series from my childhood, John D. Fitzgerald’s The Great Brain to my children several nights each week. I’m bummed out when I need to travel for work and miss this non-technolgical sweet spot.

Last week was fantastic. I haven’t camped in a tent since I was probably 21. I opted instead for many years on a 27 foot generator powered travel trailer with two televisions, many i-devices, and all the trappings of home.

Granted, it felt great to come home and shower for about 45 minutes to remove the layers of sunscreen, bug spray, dirt and grime, but I enjoyed hearing birds chirp for real instead of through a pair of speakers on Pandora or Sirius spa channels.

If you haven’t seriously unplugged for a while, I challenge you to plan out a few weekends of deliberate “no cell service” locations.

While coming back to hundreds of emails wasn’t exactly fun – I also saw that the majority of issues resolved themselves in my absence, leaving only the most pressing issues to be resolved by me in two hours of checking early this morning.

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3 thoughts on “Unplugged

  1. Pete, I am grateful that you enjoyed your week unplugged! I can “hear” the refreshment and enthusiasm in your voice!

    Such powerful – and painful – stats in the infographic! I agree wholeheartedly that unplugging is a healthy practice in this non-stop technology-addicted society. As “necessary” as it may seem to be plugged in constantly, I have found – like Ann – that unplugging as much as possible during the weekends is beneficial spiritually, mentally, physically, relationally and professionally. In addition to countless other benefits, unplugging recharges the mind, body and soul for better business.

    Excellent post as always…and I warmly welcome you back!

    • Thanks Caroline. Still trying to keep the “glow” of a great vacation. I love summer because the good weather affords more time to get out and enjoy life sans technology (except for “track my ride” app of course – if I don’t know how far I climbed, does it still count?)

      • Pete, we are on the same page! I also enjoy summer outings sans technology. And I still “hear” your enthusiasm and “see” your glow! A powerful testament to the value of unplugging…

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