Last week, Jenerosity Marketing was closed for business as we took a much-needed vacation. Studies show that vacation and a complete break from our ever-connectedness will actually make us more productive upon our return. Why wouldn’t you want to take care of yourself and your business in this way???
In June, there is a “digital detox” weekend retreat that I am dying to attend called Camp Grounded.
I am on their email list and every time I get their newsletter, I dream of taking the time to sign up.
Unfortunately, the get-away weekends occur right around Licensing Expo which makes it very difficult (impossible?) to do so.
But the idea still has a major draw…
A recent study shows that 60% of internet users in the US are almost always connected and 43% never unplug completely from all personal technology!
I don’t know about you, but I used to sleep with my phone charging next to my bed.
It was the first thing I looked at in the morning and the last thing I looked at before I went to sleep.
But, this “always on-ness” has a price.
First, it has been proven that the blue light from your mobile device actually keeps you from falling asleep.
And less sleep can lead to all kinds of health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and other issues.
Second, the stress induced by always being “on call” or from Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) can be overwhelming and also dangerous to your health.
For some, it can even result in lack of focus and reduced productivity.
But what is a hard-working, diligent, ladder-climbing executive to do?
Obviously, you aren’t going to toss your cell phone in the trash, but you can set aside time every day to completely detach from all electronic communication.
It seems small, but it can make a big difference over time.
If you are feeling drowsy or less “on-point” midday, you can take a 20-30 minute nap.
Napping is proven to help your body catch up a little on any sleep you may have missed the previous night.
It also gives your body and mind a rest when it needs it in the mid-afternoon after a long morning of work.
Some companies are now even creating nap areas where employees can go for short breaks.
If you can’t take a nap, take a walk.
Or if your company has a game room, play a round of ping pong.
The brain “at rest” is actually proven to be more creative than the brain doing focused work.
This is why so many of us come up with our best ideas in the shower…
And most importantly, take a vacation!
It’s the biggest gift you can give to your employer or Clients.
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