What I do when I disconnect
What you are getting into: 450 words, 2mins read
Because my mind is so used to the limitless bounds of information from so many sources: Google, articles, blogs, news, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Behance, Snapchat, books, advertisements/advertorials, emails, meetings, texts, instant messages, podcasts, and probably many more channels, it’s really hard to stop ‘doing something’. There’s always something to do given the vast interconnected world.
What do you do when you are standing in line for your groceries? What do you do when you are waiting for the bus? What do you do when you are early for a dinner date? I think the answer is obvious.
I do not claim to be able to disconnect totally. Truth to be told, I am writing this on my iPhone during my ‘disconnect’ time. I simply can’t sit and do nothing. 5mins in staring out of the window and the idea to write this piece popped into my head. I simply cannot pull myself away from my phone. Perhaps I should keep my phone out of sight. Luckily, I have my phone on airplane mode, at least I won’t be able to search for information online, like “what do people do when they disconnect..” Oh the irony!
Most of the time when I disconnect, I reflect and read. Since we go online to get connected, ‘disconnect’ is disconnecting from others and connecting with myself. Hence the reflection. As for reading, I just like kicking back with coffee and a good book. Coffee stimulates my mind and books inspires my creativity, potent combination.
Case for disconnecting
There are a million articles out there talking about the case to disconnect, it is a new social-economical problem that do exist whether you like it or not, much like climate change. But there’s only one reason why I disconnect.
Because I need to connect with myself.
At work, we always respond to the demands of others. Through emails, through our bosses, through our colleagues, through our clients.
Outside of work we respond to the needs of our family members and partners, sometimes our friends.
When do we even have time to disconnect from all these demands and start listening to our inner thoughts?
If I don’t allocate alone time, I don’t feel at ease. Without the million distractions, I am able to slow down, do nothing, and listen to the chatter inside my mind. I won’t attempt to stop it, because as time go by, the monkey mind will get bored and quiet down. That’s where the onion slowly reveals itself — my truest thoughts, and I’m only able to get there when I disconnect.