Christopher Helman of Forbes.com recently wrote an article titled, “Could You Go An Hour A Day Without Looking At A Screen?” It was centered around a speech given by the Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, to the Boston University graduation class. Schmidt challenged them by saying, “Take an hour a day and turn that thing off. Take your eyes off that screen and look into the eyes of the person you love. Have a conversation, a real conversation.”
The first thought that may come to mind is, how is the Executive Chairman of the most popular search engine telling me to unplug from technology? But, then many of you begin to realize the actual amount of time we all spend in front of a computer screen or looking at our smart phone each and every day.
Helman continues to write, “Think — when was the last time you were conscious for an hour without looking at a screen of some kind? Smartphone, TV, computer monitor, the GPS system in your car, iPad, iPod, Kindle, Nintendo DS, whatever. When was the last time you enjoyed an hour that was entirely analog — no digital nothing? When was the last time you sat down and read a book for an hour, with no interruptions, without checking your phone, without glancing up at some kind of screen? When was the last time you took a walk, anywhere, without looking at your phone?”
The amount of technology we have access to is simply mind-blowing. But, how do we translate this thought into our business life? How do we unplug from our technology but still stay connected with our day-to-day company activities?
I think this is a balance many might say they have mastered but, somewhere, somebody in their life is asking for more. More time with their kids, wife, at work; the list goes on and on.
So, what’s your plan? How do you maintain equal balance when there is so much asking for our attention?