I began thinking about what I wanted from chosen downtime and how to do it best. Since this is not a one time thing (and not the first time either) I want to able to unplug in different ways:
Code Red: Total unplug. No twitter, No email, No facebook etc
Code Orange: I don´t read tweets and don´t tweet but I answer direct messages, and email. I will not catch up on feeds when I´m plugged again.
Code Yellow: I might read and share stuff but I will not be updated on everything in my feed. This will be a broadcast and answer only. Not the best way to use social media – but for taking an inspirational reading day -it might work fine.
Code Green: Plugged…
While doing reasearch about unplugging (Yes – I know… But I did). I found out that I missed National day of unplugging. I downloaded their app (Yes… I know… But I did) and it’s a funny fact that the function to make your own unplugging manifesto is not working (is this app trying to tell me something?)
There are lot’s of good reasons to do so. Top priority for this unplugging time is to slow down and be present with my family during vacation time.
To single task, reduce stress and simply to recharge could be other reasons to unplug. How do you unplug? And for what reasons? – I´d like to do an updated version of this post later so your input would be highly appreciated.
Anyway – Here are some links if you are so inclined.
The 99 %: What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space
Harvard Business Review – Blog: The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time
BBC-Future: Time out on technology
Renny Gleeson TED talk on antisocial phone tricks (3 minutes)
TTW: The BALANCED Librarian (Updated)
See you soon. Take care.