If you’re constantly available to your employers via texting, email notifications and other apps, knock it off, sweetheart. It may seem as if you’re doing the techy, politically correct thing and making yourself available to every one of your psycho boss’ whims 24/7, but think about it: are you being paid for that time? There’s a limit to “other responsibilities as required” when your boss has one of his “brilliant” ideas at 2:00 a.m. That’s what a notepad is for. Turn off your phone at dinnertime and leave it off. Seriously, NOTHING is that important.
OMG WTF? No Facebook? No Instagram or Twitter? Hey, we get it. You’re on the minute you wake up and stay on all day, even at work. There are two ways to unplug: Cold turkey or reducing your time on these sites. If you’re on for 4 hours each day, try cutting that in half or checking in for 30 minutes in the morning and at night. You don’t need to spend all that time getting tethered to your friends’ political rants.
Go for an actual “Sabbath” of unplugging. In the Jewish faith, Sabbath or “Shabbat” is a day of rest or literally ceasing to work, where the faithful do not drive, use electricity or phones. It begins every week just before sundown on Friday and ends Saturday night. If you can’t unplug during the week because (1) you might get fired because you’re not available 24/7 (hey, Baby Boomers and Gen Xers didn’t create this-yeah, we’re pointing at you, Millennials, Gen Zers and beyond) or (2) you’re addicted to tech, then the whole Shabbat thing might work for you. And hey, maybe you could actually speak to your date over a nice dinner instead of constantly checking your phone. Just sayin’.