Because I’ve always (college intern IBM) been wired in some way in my career, being so completely wired these days to so many multiple devices has happened for me and my family and team in such a gradual and unsuspecting way, that it doesn’t phase me in the least.
I remember when we started taking out of the country vacations when the economy and business was great, I appreciated being in Ireland without cell service, I remember finding the one (1) coin operated internet cafe in Tahiti and I remember feeling liberated and actually fearful that I couldn’t be reached,not really at least not readily for any sort of crisis or emergency while vacationing on a Cruise Ship.
In fact I remember once being in Australia when I discovered in a big way that my team really COULD take on the difficulties in our company without my input. Many managers know that if you don’t respond immediately to requests or issues, in most cases things work out on their own.
So my thoughts on being as wired as we are in the workplace today is of benefit to me, because I seek out opportunities to unplug. Perhaps a bike ride(although my bluetooth Boaz headsets plays Spotify), not answering my phone. Or perhaps swimming laps in the pool (using my waterproof IPOD with my purchased ITunes music). Or perhaps forcing myself to leave my Ipad and Iphone in the car when I walk into a resturart for dinner with my daughters or turning my phone off completely once we land at the beach so I don’t feel like I”m working at all on a saturday or sunday.
I’m happy I’m acutely aware during my work hours of being constantly wired so that I can be constantly available to our clients and our team, but my priorities are clear. Everything in balance, and all things have a priority level which require being unplugged for. My priorities are in this order:
My “wired” connections