15 Sep 5 entrepreneur fans of digital detox
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Regular digital detoxes are incredibly important, especially to those who lead very switched-on and digitally connected lives. So much so that some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs are openly discussing their need for regular digital detox. Today we’re looking at who they are and how they take time for themselves when they’re disconnecting from digital.
#1 Elon Musk switches off at the weekend
CEO of not one, but two huge companies (SpaceX and Tesla Motors) and a father of five, Elon Musk is quite a busy man, being infamous for putting in 100-hour work weeks and letting sleep suffer. Musk has still admitted he is an email addict, spending all day replying to various emails for both companies, followed by meetings and business calls.
Musk still keeps a strict work schedule, but he realises the importance of switching-off of an evening and of a weekend. As part of a New Years resolution, he has tried to keep evenings free to have more fun. Weekends are reserved for family time.
After years of getting very little sleep, he felt as if it ‘exponentially’ damaged him – staying up later allowed him to get work done but he says he sacrificed ‘mental acuity’. After recognising the potentially damaging effects of too much work and not enough sleep, he now ensures he gets 6 to 6.5 hours sleep a night.
#2 Arianna Huffington doesn’t check email after hours
Arianna Huffington became a huge digital detox fan after collapsing in her office from exhaustion in 2007. She encourages taking time off from work, especially of taking time for sleep.
Huffington has famously said “The biggest entrenched belief is that burnout is an essential price of success“. She’s now working to change that belief so that well-being at work becomes the norm.
Huffington takes time to unplug from her work life by participating in relaxing meditation or yoga and sometimes a walking meeting. After unplugging from her busy digital work life she felt better, in a profound way and felt she was more effective as a business leader.
During her time at the Huffington Post, she made it clear that no one was ever expected to check work emails and respond after hours, at the weekend or while on vacation.
#3 Micheal Salem switches off daily
Co-Founder and CEO Michael Salem of Vorex, says he gets “1000 messages per day” and explains how overwhelmed he gets. He felt as if responding was a daily chore that was a 24 hour a day task. He said he began to take calls in bed, stopping himself from getting a good nights sleep.
Salem saw his health deteriorate as a result of not being able to disconnect from work, he began to put weight on and saw anxiety increase. Salem now switches off from his digital devices and his work.
#4 Steve Jobs limited kids tech time at home
The man that ran one of the biggest technology companies in the world was a low-tech parent. When Steve Jobs was running Apple he didn’t have a high-tech home full to the brim with iPads and iPods for all to use.
Jobs told a NY Times journalist that his children hadn’t even used the iPad after its launch. Jobs said “we limit how much technology our kids use at home.”
#5 Tanya Goodin found digital detox inspiring
Tanya Goodin, the founder of Time To Log Off, used to use her phone for everything, from storing the pin numbers to her bank cards to getting a taxi around town. After her first digital detox, Goodin discovered how rewarding it was to disconnect, and hasn’t looked back since.
Goodin found that her smartphone was just a distraction, and without it, she could actually focus on what was around her. “Because I didn’t have a phone as a ‘prop’, I had to look around me at the world. So I found myself noticing a lot of things I’d literally never seen before.” This sparked her love for logging off on a regular basis, and Time To Log Off was born.
Switching off from work is important, it boosts creativity and productivity and you’ll experience a real break. If you feel like you need to completely switch off from work check out our digital detox retreats.