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How I Unplug

Relevant Links:
http://michaelhyatt.com/how-i-unplugged.html
http://michaelhyatt.com/the-practice-of-stillness.html
http://calnewport.com/blog/2012/08/02/work-less-to-work-better-my-experiments-with-shutdown-routines/

I unplug on a regular, almost weekly, basis in order to appreciate the finer things in life like living at the beach and going to three day music festivals or ultimate frisbee tournaments. There is so much work that needs to get done via computer/phone/email/social media/etc, but we almost always forget about all the "work" that needs to get done in the real world through human interaction and connecting with those around us. Not to mention the inevitable burnt out feeling we get from being connected online 24/7 and always being reachable by others.

Don't underestimate how important it is for your mental (and physical/emotional/spiritual) well being to find time everyday to completely disconnect from society and recharge your battery however you see fit. Different things work for different people, but some suggestions for unplugging include naps, extended meals with friends/family with a "no checking your phone at the dinner table" rule, going to the gym, working out at home, playing a rec sport (frisbee/kickball/soccer/softball/dodgeball/etc), focused writing on a topic you are passionate about, day dreaming, night dreaming, walking the dog, lying in bed listening to music, board games, going for a walk around town, etc).  I try to take 2-3 of these breaks a day to keep myself fresh, and it allows me to be even more focused when I spend time working on my laptop because I have more energy and want to be efficient with my time.

Arguably my favorite course at Boston College was Technology and Society, and the theme of the course was "Do we shape technology or does technology shape us?" I will attach a few of my papers from that class, including one about how the Madden video game franchise shaped my life. My favorite paper from the course was about feeling homeless without my wireless (connection) - pretty crazy to read that paper seven years later (shea was only three at the time!) and think about how much technology has influenced our lives since then.
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Mike Malloy,
Jul 26, 2012, 12:09 PM
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Mike Malloy,
Jul 26, 2012, 12:05 PM
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Mike Malloy,
Jul 26, 2012, 12:00 PM
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