I'm guilty of "taking my weekend" to re-cooperate from the week. I try to stay offline and not work - ok, maybe I will respond to some personal emails or read some articles, but I'm not producing anything new. I'm taking a break.
By Friday afternoon, I'm either:
- Overstimulated and just can't think rationally anymore.
- Overwhelmed and can't organize my desk - nevermind a thought.
- Stir crazy (looking at the same 4 walls for 4-5 days solid can be a little much).
When I look at the computer screen and all I see are pretty pictures, I know I need a change of pace.
I used to work faithfully all weekend and now that I look back, it didn't do me any favors. I was a freelancer working by the hour and it made me a lot of money, but I wasn’t working smarter because I never rested. It was hard to always be innovative because I wasn't making time to get new input or let myself be inspired - I was constantly pushing out thoughts and solutions.
But I sensed it one night in November when I saw a photo of a beautiful Seattle sunset on Twitter, and realized I could have seen it myself that evening, if I had just bothered to look around. (Do you unplug? Making the case for ‘No-Tech Sundays, Monica Guzman)
Many of our most creative, productive thoughts come not while we’re trying to force them during long sessions at our desks, but at odd moments outside the office.
Bottom line, no-tech Sundays are helping me notice all the things that connected tech is changing about the ways we behave. It’s not about rejecting tech, or recovering a life without it. It’s about taking this power that’s appeared in our world and slowing it down just enough to look at it, understand it, and maybe, just maybe, take control. (Do you unplug? Making the case for ‘No-Tech Sundays, Monica Guzman)