We do just about everything with our phones now. We can play games, surf the internet, check our social media feeds, as well as tell everyone where we are and who we are with. Smart phones have now replaced traditional cameras, portable music players, TVs, and even books as we can now snap pictures between calls, texts, reading news articles, jamming to music, or watching a movie on a device that fits in our pocket. The New York Daily News recently shared some tips on how to truly disconnect from technology during vacations.
The first step is to have a plan. If you’re going on a two week vacation, you’ll be out of pocket from work, family, and friends. Coordinate with your boss early on to make sure your projects and clients are covered by coworkers so that there’s not a lapse in dead lines and you won’t return to a massive pile of work. Make sure to set your email and voicemail to indicate that you are “out of office” and will not be available; indicate the dates you’ll return and whom to contact for urgent business.
When you finally do get to leave for your vacation, leave your phone behind and take a few old school items. Take a digital camera so you’re not tempted to share those pics on social media and get sucked into the vortex of what’s happening back home. Take a book to read as a good old paperback doesn’t have an internet connection. Wear a watch to check time rather than using your phone. If you get bored, play a card or board game with friends.
If you do need to check in every so often, set a time to check voice mail. This way you can still be reached in case there is an urgent message that needs your attention.
It may seem like a lot of trouble, but the benefits are worth it. You’ll improve relationships by reconnecting with family or friends travelling with you. You’ll also have extra time that’s not being eaten up by monitoring social media feeds. You’ll also have better memories and experiences just being able to enjoy where you are and what you’re doing without having to constantly update your location, status, and photograph what you’re eating.