Around two years ago I made a resolution to stop the invasion of phone calls and emails that were bombarding my private time.
Some say that a business should be “always on” and that business owners have a responsibility to accept calls, texts and emails at whatever time they arrive.
Every weekday at around 6pm, I now turn off my mobile phone. It doesn’t get switched on during weekends. I don’t have an email account on my PC at home.
On December 17th I broke up for Christmas and went away with the family. My emails were put on auto-response, with a message providing contact details of my colleagues and my voice mail was set up similarly, with the ability to leave messages removed.
Personally, I value my family time too much for it to be interrupted by technology.
Upon my return to the office today after a two week absence, I discovered that my colleagues had been more than able to handle things. There were no catastrophes needing my immediate attention. The business didn’t grind to a halt. The world didn’t stop and I had a great time on holiday with the family, without distractions, interruptions and worry.