3 Reasons You Need To Disconnect


We hurt ourselves in this hyper-connected world. The constant consumption of information not only affects us mentally, but physically. Facebook updates, tweets, Angry Birds, work, people, technology and more, hold us back from achieving our full potential. It’s the difference between good and great. It’s the difference between living and surviving. Change this behavior and you will have a healthier life.

Making yourself aware of this will help you combat it. We all do it. Myself included. The trick is in having the self-discipline to battle our obsessive habits. Let’s face it, as Zack said in his post about disconnecting: “it’s easy to get in the rut.”

Now, the three reasons you need to disconnect:

To Be Proactive.

When we keep ourselves connected, we are not being proactive. We’re subconsciously doing what we have to do. Or what we think we have to do, anyways.

We have to respond to this Facebook update. That e-mail. This text message. That phone call.

This constant stream of real-time data makes us a slave to the needs of others.

What does this cause? It causes us to lose focus. To lose focus of goals. To lose focus of family, friends and the people that matter most to us.

Instead of waking up and checking e-mail or social networks, do what you want to do. Do what needs to get done. Do what’s most important for the day. Otherwise, we’re simply drones processing data that’s being thrown at us.

To Find Clarity.

When we disconnect, we gain new perspective. We gain new insight and new creativity. Programmers know that the best way to combat a programming issue is to sleep on it or step away from the problem. It’s in the time of being removed from our work that we find answers.

When you disconnect, seek clarity in your life. Revisit goals. Think about where you’re at and where you want to be. Process and defrag the mind from all the noise.

To Re-Energize.

When we break away from the distractions something happens that we cannot describe.

When you sit outside and appreciate the day you feel something. It’s the wind on your face. It’s the sound of the trees rustling from the cool breeze on the summer day.  It’s the laughs shared with another human soul. It’s the passing of time that can’t be quantified by seconds.

It’s rejuvenating. It’s uplifting. It’s empowering. It’s motivating. It’s inspirational. It’s a moment that’s worth sharing.

I ask, how often do we allow ourselves to experience these moments? How often do we break away? Or do we max out? Physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Different people re-energize in different ways. It might be nature, a good movie, a captivating song or star gazing. Whatever it is, I challenge you, don’t fight it. Feed your soul.

Now, Stop The Flow And Disconnect

To disconnect is to be proactive. To disconnect is to find clarity. To disconnect is to re-energize.

Facebook updates, tweets, Angry Birds, work, people, technology, and more.

To disconnect and to experience life is to live.

Now, what do you need to disconnect from?

 


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  • Alan Josey

    Thanks for this, Matthew. Great points!

  • http://twitter.com/EmpowerLab Don Pierro

    Matthew- Great blog. You and Zack are on the right track. Technology is supposed to support margin and higher priorities in our lives rather than replace them. Does your technology have you? Or do you have your technology?