A Trip to Camp to Break a Tech Addiction

A Trip to Camp to Break a Tech Addiction - NYTimes.com

A Trip to Camp to Break a Tech Addiction – NYTimes.com.

There’s a tech addiction camp.  You know, breaking free from your smartphone and all that.

Let’s take a step back there.  Everybody needs to unplug.  You can unplug any time you want, by unplugging.

To do that short-term, just stop trying to immediately reply to people.  Look, we got by for all of recorded history except the last few years, without the ability to be immediately reachable.  People who need you, know where to find you.

Triage your replies.  You don’t have to answer the phone.  Let a lot of calls go to voice mail.  You don’t have to check the internet or the news often; it will still be there tomorrow.  You by all means don’t have to answer personal email the same day; treat personal email like a paper letter (remember those?) and write back when you can.  Business email — hey, I have specific people who cause my phone to make noises and everybody else I reply back to sometime later the same day.    As far as TV, there’s very little to watch, and hardly anything to watch that needs your undivided attention.

For a more long term unplug, what has worked for me best is going on vacation to somewhere without much phone service.  Let people who need you know how to get ahold of you, and leave it at that.

If that’s not going to work for you, here is an axiom with much truth in it:  you are not doing yourself any favors by trying to work while you’re on vacation.  It does not improve your career and certainly does not show a good example in either your private or business life.

The shirt in the photo is my current favorite design…  there’s another close runner up, I believe from the same company, with an acoustic guitar with only one string, that just says “Simpify”.  Great messages, both, really.


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