Technology has revolutionized the way we work, everything from simple conversations to large research projects are now enhanced by the tools and technology at our disposal. But no matter how much we may love our gadgets (and at FreshBooks, we *really* love them), studies show that the world is beginning to a little too much.
The average person spends on social networking sites alone a month and another 23 hours watching TV online. When you think about the amount of time you’re strapped to a phone, tablet, or computer, you might be shocked to see how much life you’re missing out on.
My friend Christina, a freelance community manager, fell victim to the tech trap a couple years ago. She was wired to her business every night when she got home, with her cell phone and iPad ready to go at a moment’s notice. Even though she had recently hired an assistant specifically to work during her off hours, she still managed to spend more time at night working than with her family.
One Saturday while her husband was out, Christina plopped her kids in front of the TV so she could take a quick call with a client in another room. Unfortunately the call went longer than she expected, and her two young boys decided to do some climbing. When the call finished almost 45 minutes later, she walked in just as her two-year-old fell head first from a bookshelf. Luckily, she got to him in time and he was okay, but that potentially life altering moment gave her the wakeup call she so badly needed.
Now Christina spends weeknights and weekends unplugged from her business. Her family is thriving, and thanks to utilizing the help she hired, business is thriving too.
Weekend Well-Being Challenge: Give up your gadgets for 24 hours this weekend. It may seem scary at first, but if you take some time to plan a few activities that don’t require technology, you’ll be amazed at how much fun you can have enjoying the people and world around you.