Getting offline can be nerve wracking, but we’ve got three reasons why it’s worth it to unplug…

Staying connected has never been easier. From e-mail to home automation, there’s little that can’t be done, learned, or purchased with a simple swipe on a screen. And for the most part, all of this connectivity makes life easier.

But it can also come at a cost. When you’re used to continuous alerts, status updates, and messages, it can be easy to lose focus – and not just during your workday.

It can be difficult to turn away from the alluring glow of our screens, but there are measurable benefits to unplugging. Whether it’s for a day or a few hours, here are three reasons why powering down can benefit you personally and professionally.

Unplug to Chase Away Comparison-itis

From Facebook to LinkedIn to Instagram to Twitter, it’s easy to stay connected in real-time with both our professional and personal contacts. However, social media can also have a dark side. When scrolling through your network’s carefully curated content, it’s easy to catch a case of comparison-itis.

Think about it. Online, we all want to put our best foot forward. Naturally, we’ll highlight our successes and downplay our disappointments (if we mention them at all). While we’re all for presenting a polished image, seeing only what others want us to see makes it easy to feel like everyone else is doing better.

If scrolling through your feed leaves you feeling down, it might be time to unplug from social media. Not only will you stop yourself from spiraling into a negative space, you’ll regain personal perspective.

Your Focus Won’t Wander Away

How often have you sat down to tackle a big work session, only to find yourself with a to-do list that’s still full a few hours later because much of your time was spent responding to digital notifications? If you own a smartphone (and who doesn’t?), then you know what this is like.

Whether you got off-track by checking and answering e-mails, or found yourself lost in a “quick” question-and-answer session via social media, you’ll likely walk away from that workday feeling as if you’ve wasted valuable time and energy.

Always staying connected is a surefire way to guarantee that your focus will not only be hard to find but also to maintain. When you take the steps to unplug, you’ll rid yourself of distractions and finally be able to focus on the matters at hand.

It’s Easier to Manage Your Time

Constant connectivity plays such a large role in all of our lives that it’s easy to lose track of how we really spend our time. Who hasn’t intended to spend just a few minutes scrolling through their phone only to look up and realize that a half an hour had suddenly passed?

With all of our email, social media, and productivity apps literally at our fingertips, it’s all too easy to become wrapped up in the distractions provided by our smartphones. And because of this, we tend to forget to be mindful of our time and appreciative of the present moment.

If you find yourself wondering, “Where did the time go?” more often than you’d like, it may be time to unplug.

Does the thought of unplugging make you cringe? If the answer is yes (and for most of us it probably is), it’s likely a sign that you need to reevaluate how you spend your time.

While the thought of a digital detox can sound horrifying, you can work towards your goal with baby steps. Try designating a portion of your day as “Quiet Time” and commit to unplugging. (There’s actually an innovative app to help you with that!) Start with twenty minutes and gradually work your way up from there.

Once you experience the focus that comes with a little solitude, you’ll find that unplugging gets a little easier each day.

About Emily D. Tisdale, Founder & CEO

Meet the brains — and heart — behind LEAP for Women. Emily is LEAP’s guiding force, committed to supporting women entrepreneurs at every stage in their journey.

She loves LEAP because:

We’re an authentic resource for women who want the nitty-gritty details of running a business. I want everyone to have the same amazing resources I had.

A resident of Indiana, Emily prides herself on being a transplanted Hoosier and enjoys watching Colts football and spending time with her husband and their two children.

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