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Recharge Your Life With Disconnected Saturday

work life balanceHow was your weekend? A little hectic with the holiday push, I’m guessing.

When it comes to recharging, the best way to do it is through disconnecting.

I struggle with the work / life balance all the time. It’s a work / life balance that has morphed in to a phone / life balance. It is beyond just checking work email. I know check Facebook, Twitter, and more constantly throughout the day. That phone is in and out of my pocket more often than a smoker puts a cig to lips. I’m addicted.

With that constant need to connect online comes a shrinking of how much I do in real life.

Way of the Duck has issued a challenge asking people to celebrate real life by simply disconnecting for one day a week.

The challenge:

1. Turn off your phone when you go to bed on Friday night.
2. Don’t turn it back on until you wake up on Sunday morning.
3. During that time, also don’t use your computers to do anything that requires the Internet (I made an exception for playing Radio).

I tried it yesterday and ended up having more interesting conversations and more peaceful relaxation times than I’ve had in a while.

Wanna give it a try? Join this branch to talk about it and experiment with it next Saturday.

It’s a simple idea, isn’t it? Barbara Corcoran from Shark Tank advocates that idea every day. The moment she arrives home she puts her phone down, and turns it off. The phone is not turned on again until she heads out for work the next day. If a multimillion dollar business mogul and executive can unplug for 12 hours ever day, surely we can do it once a week?

A big thanks to Energizer for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

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