Digital Sabbatical

Stefan Sagmeister takes a whole year off every 7 years. I have always dreamed of taking a whole year off. A 1-year sabbatical to unplug from work, daily routine, a chance to take a step back and start fresh. I really wish this would be the moment when I would tell you that I am finally doing it but unfortunately, this is not it. I am not quite there yet but it doesn’t mean I can’t at least have a taste of what it could feel like.

Instead, I have decided to unplug myself for a whole month. Unfortunately (again), this does not mean a month off work (even though I have a 2-week trip to Europe coming up). I have simply decided to take 4 weeks to focus on a lot of things I have not been able to focus on for many different reasons. I have been moving at lightning speed for some time. A lot has happened in the past 12 months and I have not had the time to let it all sink in. I need to slow down and I feel I need to do it now.

My first thought was to do something radical: no Internet for a whole month! I have to admit that the thought made me nervous. I have now settled on a lighter approach especially because I will be working for the next 2 weeks and being online in an essential part of what I do. For the next 4 weeks I have decided not to blog, use Twitter, Facebook or any other social media site as an attempt to reset. My profession requires me to be up-to-date on new trends and sometimes it can be too much. At work, I am online too much, I get too many emails, I don’t have enough time to think. The pace is fast and there is no time to waste. I need to slow down. I need to take a step back and start fresh. Unfortunately, I do not have one year for that but I thought one month would do for now.

In September I will:

  • Prepare myself for my amazing trip coming up
  • Spend more time with my wife and friends
  • Cook more
  • Do yoga
  • Meditate
  • Spend time outdoors enjoying the rest of the Summer
  • Read more
  • Listen to music
  • Watch movies
  • Take time to think
  • Enjoy my time in Europe with my wife while we celebrate our 10 years together
  • Learn some magic tricks
  • Write in my notebook rather than on my blog

In September I won’t:

  • Try to keep up with new trends in digital marketing
  • Blog
  • Use social media sites
  • Check emails after I leave work
  • Kill time online

It's only 1 month and I am hoping that this time offline will help me get my thoughts in order.

I will see you back here in October with a lot of fresh ideas or hopefully I will see you in real life before then (the latter would make me very happy).