Unplugged Part II – mostly unplugged

Well, after two days of being relatively unplugged I can say that the experience has been interesting and challenging. My husband Ken doesn’t tend to use email as a communication tool in the way I do (or in the way I over-do), and I finally reached him by phone yesterday to let him know all is well, and ask about my daughters (grown, but nonetheless, I’m their mom) and Edgar the pug.

After a full day yesterday of workshops, writing time and yoga, several people at evening “council” (used to assimilate and close out the day) pledged to stay completely unplugged the entire week. Lots of thoughts and judgments went through my head – “they don’t own and operate a business”, “they’re hermits in real life – no friends, no family”, and “I can’t possibly do that”. All untrue of course. These are women that I admire who are showing a great deal of courage. I didn’t pledge to go unplugged, but am still wondering why why I resist. Don’t know yet.

In the end, I’ll satisfy myself with checking email, knowing that I put an autoresponder in the system indicating that I had limited access to email (this is quite true). I’ll respond to any emails that appear important when I can (once a day?) and wonder if my clients would be able to do the same. And continue to feel anxious about the week ahead (through Friday) when I will be mostly unplugged.

I am a former executive in a Fortune 100 company. I have owned and operated an executive coaching firm since 2003 called Aspire Collaborative Services LLC. We partner with great leaders to help them become even greater at developing, improving, and sustaining relationships with the people who are essential to their success. This blog is for leaders and those who help them to be more intentional about relationships at work. My top personal values include respect for others, kindness, compassion, collaboration and gratitude. I work very hard at practicing my values daily and when I don’t succeed, I practice some more. I am married with two wonderful daughters and two spoiled pugs.