It was harder than ever to disconnect this year because Punchbowl has grown a lot in the past year. Consider all of the various people that I had to prepare for my tech-free week:
- My employees and contractors, including our bookkeeper
- The Punchbowl Board of Directors
- Our key customers and close partners, such as the great folks at Oriental Trading
- Future partners, especially in cases where I'm currently in active negotiations
- Our service providers including our ad representation, commerce partners, and technology providers
I feel confident in my ability to disconnect and I know that Punchbowl will run just fine without me. We have a talented group of individuals who know where we are headed as a company and know how to execute the plan. I often joke with Sean about my tech-free week - I tell him that the only reason he should contact me is if "the website kills somebody." Everything else can wait.
So what does it mean to disconnect completely for a tech-free week? It means that I won't be checking my email, writing/reading blogs, or looking at Facebook or Twitter (if you're reading this as a result of my status update on Wednesday, allow me to introduce you to FutureTweets). It also means that my laptop will be shutoff for the week and that my iPad will remain in a drawer. I won't carry my cell phone and I will change the voicemail message to encourage people to send me an email and only leave a message if it's *urgent* (note: I have a long memory for people who ignore my voicemail message and leave non-urgent messages). I will periodically check my voicemail to see if there are any urgent voicemails, and I'll use my phone to make calls when needed. I will watch TV periodically, but I try to ignore news channels. I don't read newspapers either during my off the grid week.
|My view this week|
When I come back, I hope to be refreshed, recharged, and relaxed. And when I am, I'll know that completely disconnecting was once again worth it.
If you've never tried to completely disconnect for a tech-free week, give it a try. You'll be glad you did. Have a great week everyone.