But this past week I took a Caribbean cruise and did something I hadn’t done in 15 years. I totally went off the grid. No e-mail. No cell phone. For exactly 7 days and 10 hours. It was strange at first. But overall it was great, it was freeing. On the professional front I had help from co-workers who covered any urgent matters that came up. On the personal front I often found myself reaching for the iPhone that wasn’t in my pocket to get that instant Internet information I thought I needed. My technology tether wasn’t there and after a while I got used to it. Early this week I was talking with a business contact and mentioned my unwired vacation. She said she sometimes has “detox” weekends where she doesn’t check her “crackberry” at all. She said it was great and I agree. Try it..unplug..detox..enjoy the spring.
I first got online and got my first e-mail address in early 1995. In late ’95 I launched my Web design business. Having my own company meant being online and available to my customers all the time. I was always plugged in. Even on vacation I brought my now vintage NEC laptop. As time went by I joined various startups. Even then when on vacation it was expected that I spend at least some of my time checking “urgent” e-mails and calling in for important meetings. And I did.