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How to Be Unavailable With Technology

With today's 24/7 availability through texting, email, blogs, Twitter, and so on, it is important to go "offline" occasionally, to become ...

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Be Unavailable With Technology

With today's 24/7 availability through texting, email, blogs, Twitter, and so on, it is important to go "offline" occasionally, to become intentionally unavailable so that you can recharge your own batteries.

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    Avoid using electronic devices at least once a week. Turn off the TV, ditch your cell phone, and unplug your computer. Just listen to and enjoy the quiet.
  2. 2
    Start slowly. If these items are becoming needs instead of wants, unplug one step at a time. Forget to charge up your cell phone one day a week and just let the battery run down. Choose a day, or a part of a day where you don't open your emails. Choose an activity that "forces" you to make this change. For example, if you decide not to open emails on Wednesday mornings, then make that the time to clean your work area, go for an extra long walk, or just sit and think without interruption.
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    Each time you purposely unplug, take note on how you feel by the end of the day. Do you have slightly more energy? Are you a little more relaxed? Do you have a little more room in your head for your own thoughts?
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    Avoid answering active messages. If someone does happen to catch you via email, phone, etc, then practice not answering. If this is a person who calls, text messages you all the time, chances are, he or she can wait a day to hear back.
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    Make your unavailability mysterious. Don't make excuses for not calling back the instant you receive a message. Let others begin to realize that you and your time are important. Not only will you have more "me" time, your intentional unavailability will make your friends feel more important when you consciously decide to spend your time answering them.
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