Saturday, March 31, 2018

2 Day Offline Retreat


I was totally offline for the last 2 days.

No wifi, no data, no signal.

The photo above is the only one I took during that time.

Before you go wondering if I just went to the woods with my girlfriend, it's not what you are thinking -- although we kind of really did.

I had a 2-day retreat with family and church mates.

We do this annually during the holy week but this time it was kind of special.

The unexpected happened


I brought all my gadgets with me. From computer, to phone, pocket wifi, powerbank and more. You name it.

The usual workaholic always thinks of work wherever I am.

But, when we arrived at the venue I looked at my phone and boom -- signal is out.

There was a bit of panic going on in my mind because I had planned to answer emails during break time. So many work left. I felt like I could just do them while on vacation.

I actually survived

Even with that panic going on in my mind, I still decided to just enjoy every single activity which I really did. 

24 hours have passed, then 48. 

I've never sent a single text message, I've never made or received a call, I never opened social media sites for updates. 

So, it turned out that I actually survived. 

Takeaway

Even though I started the retreat with panic, I ended it feeling refreshed. 

That retreat was exactly just what I needed to be reminded that life doesn't revolve online (I literally live and work online).

To more days like this.


Carlo Borja is the Head of Online Marketing for Time Doctor, a time tracking software for remote teams. He is a full-time telecommuter, a digital nomad and a coffee junkie.

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