The 24/7 Myth
The 24/7 myth. Do you really have to be connected to work, FaceBook and your BlackBerry or i-phone, 24/7? Do you really have to be ON every day, evenings, weekends and even holidays? Can you take a break from being electronically connected – or what would happen if you did?
Isn’t this a bit ridiculous? I am part of it, as much as you are! Yesterday, I took a walk without my BB and let it be known I was out of touch. Wow. How did this come to happen? Walking without being connected feels so… strange, deprived… like sensory-deprivation.
I think, in my case, that it’s a bad symptom, which shows that I DO need to disconnect more, and more often. How did I get there? How did I come to believe that I have to be connected/reachable, 24/7?
We reply to emails the second they come in; we keep poking on our BB on weekends and holidays, we watch the news every day – so we know what’s going on in the world. We are connected, therefore we are important? Really?
The 24/7 myth leads us to believe that we have to be connected and reachable, all day, every day to be somebody. But being connected doesn’t give you power; in fact, often it feels like just the opposite. It doesn’t make you accomplish more; it makes you more scattered…. And there is a cost: you feel overwhelmed, frazzled, stressed out.
So today, take a moment and unplug. Disconnect from… everything. Take a moment without mental clutter, without noise, voices, music, TV, computer, cellphone, and so on. A naked moment just to be. Here. Now.
Breathe. Relax. You can go back whenever you want to – and nothing will happen while you are off line.