I never thought I’d be so addicted to a job that I couldn’t disconnect, but I seem to have been going down that slippery slope. During our last vacation to Las Vegas, I was spending at least 3 hours a day on blogging and my freelance tasks. I usually am monitoring emails from my cell phone every hour or so no matter where I am. Usually, being connected is not a bad thing and I am inconspicuous about it. But sometimes, I just have to disconnect from my hobby and job so I can truly connect with the people in my life.
When I Go Offline
For example, my phone is on silent at poker night every Monday evening. I think it would be completely rude to blog while the cards are being dealt. I also ignore my phone and everything while I am asleep. I would go insane if I was woken up every couple of hours with a new batch of emails. Finally, I turn off my phone when I am hanging out with my husband, friends, or family on a one-on-one basis. I make sure my attention is on whoever I am with. I do think life is made more meaningful by the people in it. I want my loved ones to know that I prioritize them above all else.
Also, taking complete breaks may help you feel more refreshed when you do return to work. When I am having a rough day, I take 1-2 hours to read a book or watch a tv show. When I turn back on my work brain, the tasks that were overwhelming me seem to be more manageable.
In short, this post is to remind all of the work addicts and self employed readers I have that it is okay to disconnect once in a while. In fact, it is healthier and makes life better if you do. Trust me, working, even if you love it, is still working. Your brain needs a break and your real life relationships will benefit. Test it out. Let me know what you think.