It’s perfectly OK to disengage from the web sometimes

29 July

This Friday, I’m swapping thinking and analysing for physical exertion in some German hills! I’ve enjoyed telling my friends (and more significantly, myself) just how much I need space to tune out and unplug. So, this is a vacation notice with a difference; I want to share some ideas on how to slow down and disengage. Not just for two weeks, but with regular intention. This is a positive post about being mindful and strategic about how we spend our time online.

It is perfectly OK to disengage from the web sometimes

Sometimes we need a break from catchy headlines and quote-covered photos. I say this as a creator of both! I’m realising how essential it is to find ways to hit the pause button. I’m going to share some of the movements and thought leaders that have grabbed my attention lately.

I wish I could remember where I heard this quote; ‘With the internet, we now have the ability to outsource our internal ramblings’. This is such a mind-boggling and funny thought – as if we don’t have enough chatter going on inside our heads! Every day, I discover radically amazing ideas and people online but I need to find ways to filter through the constant distraction.

Here are three concepts that are aligning with my new ways of thinking; minimalism, physical movement and slowing down.

Minimalism

I came across The Minimalists at a time when I was seeking to simplify my life in general. As with all new life habits, they have a way of trickling into every area of life. I found that the minimalist mindset helped me re-structure my way of working too. Minimalism leads to clarity. Best of all, it cuts through the noise and clutter and helps us make better decisions.

Thought provokers –

  • I wrote a post on how minimalism can help you simplify your life and your business.
  • The No Sidebar website – A collection of articles on minimalism, productivity and simple living.

    Exercise and movement

    My work involves a mix of training and writing and I have become hyper conscious of my static, seated position. My body is yelling at me to move and I’m listening now! I regularly do Yoga and hill walking and set alarms for movement and stretch breaks. Physical movement throughout the day allows your ideas to peculate too.

    Thought provokers –

  • Alastair Humphreys is an outdoor adventurer and thrill seeker! I am fairly obsessed by his concept of MicroAdventures
  • Marcus John Henry Brown takes clients on creative walks so that they can come up with better ideas.
  • You might also choose to move and work from a new pop-up office occasionally.

    Slowing down

    I think it’s the nature of streaming online content that can makes us feel overwhelmed. ‘Fear of missing out’ syndrome is real but manageable! Becoming more mindful of how we consume and post content takes practice. Here are some thought-provoking articles on slowing down;

  • A Ted talk by Carl Honoré: In praise of slowness
  • Paulina Lenoir created a pair of excessively long shoes that force wearers to reconsider their daily routes and pace!

    Sometimes our best ideas come from the spaces in between focussed activity, when we pause for a moment. I want to assure you that effective social media marketing is not about spending every waking minute scrolling and typing. With some effort and planning, you can market your business mindfully. I’m always up for a chat if you need help with that.


    In the meantime, the business will be closed until Monday 17th August. I’m hoping for limited WiFi access as I trek near the Black Forest mountains!

    Image credit:
    Free stock image by Lianne Trevarthen via Magdeleine.co