Summer vacations are a tried and true tradition for some families and individuals. It is a time when even if we don’t travel, we try to get into a different rhythm from work and school. This year travel plans have been modified, people have tried camping for the first time, and others are just doing the staycation version. And others are just working. As I thought about a summer vacation I was longing for less noise. So I tried this….
A vacation from noise. No noise from the computer, the phone, the texts, the news, the politics, the pandemic. No noise. I took a vacation from noise. No radio. No video, no technology. No noise. No President. No Biden. No election. No polls. No noise. I took a pause from it all. No Climate Change, Social Justice, No noise.
As I stepped back I realized there is a lot of noise in the universe right now. So, I decided to take the advice of my friend and colleague Campbell Gerrish of Third Half Advisors. He encourages people to schedule time for what they want most of all. I decided to schedule time for what I really wanted…no noise and no technology. I put aside the should list and just focused on a no noise vacation.
I found out that:
- I really needed a break from it all.
- The noise was getting to me and I need to manage it better.
- Reentry is very hard after a no noise vacation. I did not want to open my computer this morning.
- There are ways to integrate no noise breaks into my day more intentionally.
- I’m committed to navigating the noise more strategically.
- I don’t have to travel far to find no noise. It’s just a step away from the technology.
So if your vacation got upended, maybe give yourself a “No Noise vacation”. Five days may be too much for you. But maybe just try an hour. No noise is actually a brilliant, lovely, joyful place. Enjoy.