Image via WikipediaFrom Denny: Yesterday, thousands of people connected by disconnecting as they turned off their smartphones, laptops, tablets and other techie toys. The goal is to leave them off for 24 hours and interact more with the people in front of you, you know, like your friends and family. Forget texting or social networks for at least 24 hours.
We all complain about reclaiming our time as our own. Well, our brains would sure enjoy more time unplugged as well. Remember that the right side of the brain needs more time for processing creativity but can't work as deeply or as much if the left side analytical is literally hogging all the memory space.
Actually, I forgot about this unplugging day but coincidentally, I just happened to be in tune anyway. I unplugged on Thursday and part of Friday because I could tell my brain needed a rest. It was time to decompress from too much technical input like statistics which we bloggers are forever collecting as we grow our blogs. After time away I always come back refreshed and can actually write my many posts in a shorter amount of time.
Tech people don't think twice about housekeeping their computers with diagnostics that clean out the temporary files and other junk. Why not give your brain - and your emotions - some time out as well to flush the unnecessary files? Consider unplugging as a regular routine every so often. Your stress level will drop significantly and your production will sky rocket to new heights.
This national day was started by a non-profit group of Jewish artists called Reboot. Their ongoing project is called the Sabbath Manifesto.
As much as I love science and technology I'm always doing something visual to give balance to the brain. Here are some technology funnies for your visual part of the brain to enjoy too:
How you know you are plugged into the very best of the best...
National Day of Unplugging 2011
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