• Matt Harlos

Taking Time to Disconnect

Updated: Nov 22, 2019

I love to fly. It’s 09:00AM and I’m boarding my flight to Los Angeles, something I do every week or two for work. I find my seat (always by the window) and happily take out a book on project management and my iPad. I’m looking forward to a solid five hour block of introspection and meditation, ready to organize my thoughts on the week ahead. Five hours where it’s totally acceptable that I didn’t read a single email, reply to a single text, or answer a single phone call. This is the birthplace for my planning sessions on how to stay ahead of the competition, setting Gimme's development roadmap, and what to focus on in my personal life. It’s vital for my professional and personal growth. How often do we get that kind of uninterrupted time to ourselves to reflect?

Suddenly, an announcement plays over the loudspeaker. “Delta to offer free messaging on all flights!” My heart sinks. They want us to be excited about offerings of increased connectivity on flights, but I’m not. In my day-to-day life, everything talks. My watch talks to my phone, and my phone to my computer, and to my iPads, and all of those talk to me. I never seem to find the time to take a moment, breathe, and just think. Planes are the one place that it’s still acceptable to be unreachable, disconnected from the rest of the world.

Will planes always be a sanctuary from the information overload we all experience everyday? Definitely not. Until then, I’ll appreciate those hours of peace and introspection. They’re rare and precious.

How do you make time to disconnect?

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