Downtime Is Not A Dirty Word

Downtime Is Not A Dirty Word

Downtime Is Not A Dirty Word

 

If you are like almost all of my CEO’s and Senior Executives, you struggle with taking time off and freeing yourself from your e-mail and electronic addiction devices. In the interest of your productivity and sanity, here are some helpful articles on how to conquer the urge to constantly be connected and why downtime is so important.

The Offline Executive, A “Strategy + Business” article by Henry Mintzberg and Peter Todd (You will need to register to access this.)

A manager’s effectiveness depends not only on using e-mail and other electronic communication, but also on learning to shut it down. Mintzberg and Todd offer tips on how to accomplish this. They require saying “no” to those that, consciously or not, assume that you will always be available. Read more here.

Vacation, Unplugged, A “Fast Company” blog by Lydia Dishman

A vacation with one thumb on the iPhone at all times is no vacation at all- and it can actually hurt your business. Here are practical steps to take to totally unplug and get the most from your time off.

You Are Not A Computer, an “HBR” Blog By Tony Schwartz

Technology is meant to serve us. Instead, it increasingly runs our lives- and runs us down. Where we focus our energy shapes our agenda and defines our experience in every moment. More and more, we’re surrendering this precious resource to our digital technology, allowing it to define the depth and span of our attention, and to seduce us into operating at such high speeds that we don’t notice the insidious toll that it’s taking.  Read the rest of Schwartz’s blog here.

Multitasking’s Real Victims an “HBR” Blog by Daniel Gulati

Seemingly innocuous multitasking behaviors can have distressing consequences on others, yet they consume a major part of our days.  It’s a well-cited observation that trying to juggle two or more things at once degrades our health and harms our productivity. Read more.

We are increasingly letting technology dominate our lives, instead of using it as tool to help us. After reading these articles, I hope you will schedule some uninterrupted time for yourself and turn your power buttons off!

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