Do you Dare to Disconnect from the Matrix Today?
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
(Note: The following is adapted from a blog entry entitled: Daily Mentoring with Darren Hardy.)
I’m doing it and I want you to join me! I’m aiming for 52 Disconnected Days in 2016: To disconnect myself from all communications (email, phone calls, texts and social media) for a 24 hour period of time (sometimes 2-days straight or 48 hours!) so that I could focus on head down, undisturbed, creative production, or rest and recovery, or relationships that matter most to me. To be clear, here is how a disconnected day is defined: A day focused on creative production or rest and recovery off the digital communication grid.
Why do I need to achieve this goal? Because of this one problem: I am easily seduced. It seems I am weak. Everyday I set out to be disciplined. Everyday I promise I will not stray. Everyday I swear I will stay focused. But everyday somehow the siren’s song of email, texts, phone calls and social media always hinder me. I submit. I give in. I bite the apple. And once again the grand intentions of my day are squandered in the vortex of reacting to the solicitations of other people’s agendas.
But when I create a “Disconnected Day” for myself, a day to disconnect from The Matrix of distractions, I am FREE! I no longer give into the temptations of the sirens whose sole purpose is to lure me from my goals or priorities.
We are all easily seduced by the vibrating phone or new message notification and the anxiety that someone is needing us and expecting our response. It’s too great a seduction to resist. The urge to submit is too overwhelming. Trying to fight the compulsion all day will only deplete you and ultimately defeat you. It is easier to avoid temptation than it is to resist it.
Declaring it a Disconnected Day allows me to completely avoid the siren calls of The Matrix. Then in the un-distracted stillness, I am able to access my soul, a creative depth, focus and flow I would not otherwise. It’s life giving and incredible!
I will set up my out of office assistant on my email during my disconnected days and knowing that this alert is going out to all those trying to solicit me will give me mental, emotional and psychological ease because I know that they are being notified that I am not reachable today, when I will be again, and if it’s life or death how I can be reached in an emergency. (Through my Ministry Partner, Angie!)
The best part is the self-accountability statement that will be at the bottom: “If you hear from me on a day you receive this auto-responder then I have failed.”
I’m told it’s absolutely stupefying what you can get done in a day when you are able to be 100% focused and undisturbed for a full 24 hours. This alone is a HUGE benefit, and the bonus is it’s training everyone around me not to be dependent on me, thus taking more leadership themselves. By staying on course with my goal to achieve 52 Disconnected Days, I hope to be more fully present and experience the most God honoring, creative and productive year of my life.
How about you? How often were the intentions and productive plans of your day sacrificed to the seductive siren’s song of email and the rest? Want to join the revolution? I invite you to join me on this challenge: 52 Disconnected Days in 2016. Use them to do focused project work, to recover and revitalize, to refuel relationally. Just one day and one day would get you to the goal.
God calls this a Sabbath Day rest. I frankly have been disobeying this for years. I have apologized to God and I am now on my journey to living a committed balanced life. I have heard it said, “If you are always available, you will eventually have nothing to share.” Why not try and unplug a day a week. It’s good for the soul.