If you didn't already know, I just got back from spending a wonderful week frolicking in Europe. (I seriously am not sure how anyone could have missed that since I refuse to shut up about it.) It was both a super workout from walking literally everywhere and an amazing mental rest from work.
While I was across the pond, I didn't set myself up for any kind of data plan on my cell phone. I was able to make phone calls or send text messages as needed, but basically the 90% of my day to day apps could only be used on wifi. Not only was this the best way for me to truly shut work down, I discovered that it made my trip so much better.
Rather than looking down at my phone as I walked, I was looking up and admiring my surroundings. At dinners I didn't spend silent moments scrolling through emails, but instead enjoyed the shit out of the amazing wine and food in front of me.
Overall, I was simply more present. Don't get me wrong, this post isn't about bashing technology. Technology is AMAZING and I love it to pieces. But cutting back on it for a week really helped me appreciate the moment more.
Vacation isn't the only time I want to be present though. Everything in work and life deserves to have my full attention! But sometimes when we're caught up in the hustle, it gets so easy to go through the motions.
So, rather than rushing through work and life, my goal is to simply be more mindful of each thought and action in my day. To stop stressing about the deadline and pay attention to what I'm really doing. And hopefully, enjoy each bit a little more.