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why it's important to disconnect

We’re Back,
Ladies and gentlemen.
I sincerely hope everybody had a restful break – I know I did.

I Did Something I Never Thought I’d Do Over The Holidays.
I took a break from technology.
Well, I lessened my tech use.
More specifically, I lessened the time I spent using social media.

And It Was… Really Refreshing.
Which is something I (honestly) wasn’t expecting.

It’s No Secret
That we live in the information age.
And the level of convenience tech provides us makes passing time and doing daily tasks very easy.

Many People
(Myself included) rely on platforms like Youtube, Instagram and Reddit for passive entertainment.
We use Twitter and LinkedIn in place of the newspaper and news to keep up with politics and what’s happening in our industries.

Hell,
We have Uber Eats that delivers food directly to us.

What More Could We Need?
That’s the thing.
See, this convenience keeps us glued to our screens.
On average, adults in the US spend just under 4 hours a day using their smartphones.
Which is (roughly) 50% of their time being awake. 

But There Is A Drawback To All Of This Convenience.
When you’re constantly being bombarded by new information, it’s really easy to tire yourself out without really even knowing it.

In My Case,
I felt anxious for a few days when I didn’t have my phone with me.
It had become an extension of myself. I felt disconnected, out of touch and lost.

But Then It Passed.
And I realised that many things were changing.

Because This Isn’t A Personal Blog, I’ll Skip To The Most Relevant Thing.
The time I spent away from my phone I spent reading and writing.
And, when I got back, I found that it was significantly easier to get back into the swing of things.

My Productivity Increased.
The time spent disappearing into books helped boost my creativity again.
Writing helped me get back in touch with a less business-oriented side of myself, which I’ve been able to bring into play with writing copy

My Mood Got Better.
I’ve been able to get back into work with fresh eyes, and that was when I realised something important.
The most important point in this blog, in fact.

Since I’ve Been Working At Vancula,
I’ve missed one day of work due to being sick.
I don’t really take time off because I really love what I do.

But This Break Helped Me.
It helped me be more productive.

You Often Read
About people emphasising the importance of taking a break to avoid burning out.

And, While They’re Right,
The biggest concern isn’t burning out.

It’s Levelling Out.
You Plateau at a level just below what you can really achieve and stay there.

On Top Of That,
For many people (in the creative sphere, especially), it’s really important to get out and take in new information that you can interpret in your own way. 

It Sparks
Creativity.
Originality.
And it helps you to find a new appreciation for your work.

I Realise
That this post may not be relevant to everybody.

But It’s A Really, Really
Important point.

I’ve Spoken About
The importance of having fun with what you do.

And Sometimes
The best way to have fun with something is to take a step back from it.

You Could
Have somebody handle it for you.

And Take That Time
To leave things be for a little bit.

Sort Of Like Having Somebody Babysit
While you go out for a bit.

If You Take A Break, You May Just Find
That you gain a new perspective.

I’ll End It Off
With a quote by the late (and great) Sir Terry Pratchett.

It Goes Like This:
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

And I Think That Says It All.
Sometimes the best way to be more productive is to know that it’s important to (sometimes) be less productive.

Recovering and expanding your practice post covid-19