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While your on vacation whether your looking to relax, be adventurous, or all of the above, you
can only be in the moments if your not staring at your phone or laptop constantly. Having your
devices or phone hidden in a drawer or luggage isn’t enough for your mind to be unaware it is
there. It has to be fully powered down.
Your mind needs new things to learn and focus on that’ll create new paths to widen your
perspective. You can also have deeper conversations while devices are powered off, because
your connecting in a fully focused on doing one thing at a time.
Vacations are a way for you to fall into a relaxed state of mind, without a worry or care in the
world. You’ve earned those vacation days from all of your hard work, so now you can take it
easy. Just your awareness of your cell phone or other device is cause for a distraction.
If your office is highly dependent on you then make them all a contact list.
In this list add anyone that a person can contact instead of contacting you.
Someone from each department if need be, just so you can unplug and enjoy
your vacation as it should be. You could leave your hotel number but list it as
an emergency only should someone need to call.
You can choose a location that is remote and off the grid leaving you anywhere with hardly any
cell phone reception.
Make a list of things you’d like to do that in no way involve your phone or laptop. This can be
reading, writing, drawing, or exploring.
Travel with a group. When you have more people around there is sure to be more
conversations, laughs, and good times had. If anyone in the group has their cell phone you can
put them all on a table or in a basket, somewhere out of sight. You know the saying “out of sight
– out of mind”. To keep everyone in true to form vacation mode add a little something. Make it a
fun game, say the first person to go for their phone foots the entire bill for the group.
If you feel like you just can not go days without checking your devices, designate a time with
limits that phones or devices can be checked. Say before everyone gets dinner but only for
20-30 minutes, then away the devices go.
Don’t be afraid to delete apps from your phone or any other devices. If there is an app you find
yourself constantly checking or wanting to check then just delete it until your vacation is over.
Everything will still be there when you get it back afterwards.
There are so many beautiful places with a lot to see. You owe it to yourself to save the battery
pack of your favorite device and let it rest for a couple of days while you’re on vacation. After a few days, who knows you might decide to leave your devices off for the rest of the trip.