Sometimes you see something in life that automatically resonates with you. This happened to me this morning when I was looking at financial markets news (Zero Hedge and Live Squawk on Twitter) and checking a few bloggers/online business people on Twitter. The tweet caused me to have a revelation was from the blogger 30DaysToX, check it out below.
I take a one week vacation every month.
Today alone I:
Hiked a mountain
Got stung in the hand by a jellyfish
Ate pasta on the beach.
Pretty good overall.
— Thirty Days To X (@XDays) October 2, 2019
Sounds like an interesting day, although the events aren’t want matter; the idea is. Taking a one week vacation every month.
I’m going to take a version of this idea and apply it to my online businesses. Since I work a 9-5 job I am not “allowed” to take a real one week vacation per month. Still, I can take a week off from my online businesses and do a one week digital and media detox per month and focus on more offline living.
It wouldn’t matter what I did during this week as long as I didn’t consume media and didn’t use technology outside of my 9-5 job. This obviously means no working on my online businesses – essential processes would be automated or scheduled prior to this week. The major change would be not using social media, scrolling the internet, watching TV, movies, or sports, or using basic technology for communications (limited to texting, calling, and essential emails).
I think online business owners need to take the issue of technology overuse extremely seriously. If you have a routine of sitting at your computer for long hours writing code or creating content and using the internet for leisure (like everyone does), you need to make a concerted effort to get offline.
Personally this technology free week would allow me to:
- Read more great books
- Share more experiences with friends
- Go to bars more often to meet women and potentially new friends/business partners
These area all things I would do ordinarily, but having a focused week to do it would allow me to do them without the guilt and feeling of laziness from taking a weekend off the online business grind. This wouldn’t replace my ordinary offline time, it would just add more focused time to it. It would also make me more motivated and focused when working on my online businesses during the other three weeks. Perhaps instead of my ordinary 6 am wake up to work on my online businesses before work I will have the motivation to get up at 5am.
No matter what you do it’s always a good idea to live more mindfully, consciously, and forcefully. When you are doing something do it 100%, but when you are done with it take a break. Productivity and high performance is a two-sided coin, one side is putting in the work, the other is being able to relax and shut your monkey brain when you’re done.