5 Powerful Things I’ve Learned About Business (and Life) From Unplugging

This week’s babysitter blog post is from the amazing Britt Michaelian. Britt has been part of the HR family for a while, and we are so excited for her to share with you, our beautiful community!

Today, Britt is talking about a topic that is super important for all of us, especially business owners and entrepreneurs – unplugging. Read her post below and then join the conversation in the comments.

And make sure to check out last week’s post from Natasha Vorompiova to learn how systems can help you get things in order so you can unplug without overwhelm!

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opt2Between mobile phones, laptops, tablets and wearable gadgets, our lives are inundated by technology. With this technology comes all sorts of attachments and pollution that can infiltrate our mind, body and soul – making it difficult to focus on what matters in life. For business owners, consultants and coaches who want to be available to clients and engaged in their digital presence, unplugging from technology can be difficult, but it as an absolute must if you want to truly achieve success in business and life.

There have been times when I have found myself walking a fine line between attached and addicted to technology. And when I look around at my peers, I see this is not all that uncommon. I know that it is not healthy to be so dependent on anything that I feel completely lost without it, so there have been times when I have made a conscious choice to disconnect and I never regretted it.

As a result of these times of unplugging, I’ve discovered a few things that I’d like to share with you, namely that boundaries with technology cannot be optional if you want to truly find fulfillment in life. Here are 5 more things I have learned about business and life from unplugging:

1. Staying permanently connected to technology disconnects you from yourself. Click to tweet…

When I let my phone sit by the side of my bed so I am available to tweet, check Instagram, read emails, respond to texts or answer calls before going to sleep or when I wake up in the morning… I may be connected to my clients, friends and digital following, but it is nearly impossible to connect with myself. What’s the point of that? Meditation is one way that I can unplug daily from technology and connect with my soul.

2. Social media never stops but that doesn’t mean you don’t either. Click to tweet…

Create systems that allow you to step away from your social media accounts and know that you are still getting your message out there. While most social media “experts” frown upon scheduled updates and recommend that you engage in conversations on social platforms, you also need to live your life. Don’t feel guilt about scheduling a few updates a day!

3. Your loved ones need you more than your business does. Click to tweet…

Whoa, did I just say that? Yes. Of course we all need money in order to put food on the table and a roof over our heads, but our loved ones are what it’s all about. We need to unplug, look them in the eyes, listen to their souls, give them hugs and kisses and connect with them as much as possible. Life is too short to put love on hold for any amount of time. Make your loved ones top priority. Again, put systems in place that allow your business to grow even when you are on vacation or taking time to be with your family and friends.

4. When you come back from unplugging, everything will be fine. Click to tweet…

It’s funny how sometimes we think if we leave our phone at home or turn the computer (emails and work) off, everything will have changed and we will have missed out on something huge. Guess what, it doesn’t work that way. Trust that as long as you keep the overall vision for your life and business clear, you will always make choices that move you forward.

5. Life is better when you unplug. Click to tweet…

When you turn off the noise of the world and tune into yourself and the reason why you’re on this earth, creativity explodes from your heart. Grab a notebook. Doodle. Write poems. Explore. Laugh. Be. Let yourself be free from the chains of being connected to others and the need to constantly be doing. Connect with yourself. Connect with love. Your business and life will truly be better because of it.

While technology does have the power to connect us with people and opportunities from all over the world, we need to step back and tune into why we are really here on this earth. If technology allows you to serve others and in your way make the world a better place, that’s great! But, don’t forget that technology can also suck us into that place of “doing” instead of “being” and if we want to do our greatest work, we need to balance both.

Here are a few fun ideas for ways to consciously unplug…

 Grab a few friends and unplug together. Go on a camping trip to a destination that has no wifi or cell phone service.

Turn your phone and computer off at 5pm every day and practice yoga or go for a walk to connect with your body and celebrate your connection with the universe.

 Place reminders around your home and office that inspire you to turn off the tech and turn on what matters.

Share this message with friends online and off so we can create a movement where people respect the unplug and appreciate that we will all be better because of it.

Are you afraid to unplug consistently? You are not alone. Have you struggled with unplugging? Do you feel tethered to your technology? Please share your thoughts in the comments so we can support you!

 

About Britt… 

Britt Sofa CroppedBritt Michaelian is a producer, writer and entrepreneur who likes the excitement and creativity that comes with working on new projects. In addition to consulting for tech companies and television networks in the areas of social strategy and implementation, Britt has appeared on the red carpet as a social media correspondent for the Insider and Entertainment Tonight at events for Vanity Fair, the Daytime Emmys and the Billboard Awards.

 

Connect with Britt on Facebook, Twitter, or on her website.

 

 

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