Unplug to Plug In

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I meant to post this much earlier in the day, but that didn’t happen and I don’t regret it. I’ve spent the time, basically unplugged, with family. First I went swimming with my nieces and nephew. Then I went to a family dinner with cousins. It’s been a great day.

As much as I love being connected and creating stuff online and off, I know that sometimes it’s helpful to unplug.  We need to take time for ourselves. We need to reconnect with the people around us and with ourselves without the addition of technology.

Some indications that I need to unplug tend to be:

  • I stress over nothing.
  • I feel burnt out.
  • I feel like I don’t have anything to say.
  • I get easily distracted.
  • I hop from project to project without really getting anything done.
  • I obsess over numbers. (Yes, we need to be aware of our numbers, but not obsess over them).

When I notice two or three of these, I notice it’s time to take a break. Your indicators might be similar or wildly different. Only you know what your indicators are. Just be aware and know when you need to take a break and unplug.

3 thought on “Unplug to Plug In”

  1. Angela

    Definitely something to keep in mind. Like getting up and moving once in awhile when we are plugged in. I’m thinking of designating one day to unplugging each week. At least from the computer/ ipad. Just curl up with a movie marathon or craft on whatever speaks to me. 4-day work weeks sound good LOL

    1. jencnipps Post author

      For about a year now, I’ve unplugged, mostly, for one whole day a week. It usually ends up being Saturday or Sunday, but sometimes it happens during the week.

  2. Karen Sammer

    I can relate to this and I think it’s great that you established healthy boundaries to keep yourself sane. Keep up the good work.


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