Searching for Sanity? Turn Off Your Technology.

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It is my hope that through this blog someone at some point actually learns something.Take One Day Off. The World Will Survive.

I know it’s not likely, but hope is all I’ve got.

Many times, I know the advice I’m giving is directed squarely at me.

So lets hope today, someone learns something. 

This is my plan.

Technology is great.

It’s also suffocating.

When you are a new principal or superintendent, you are constantly told to communicate, be active in the community, be seen at school, and respond to questions and concerns as quickly as possible.

In this day and age, you can literally be "at" work 24 hours a day.

You can receive and send messages/information all day, every day.

You can check your email while eating, mowing, walking, and seconds before you fall asleep or within moments of waking up.

It’s great.

And it can literally suck the life out of you (I apologize for the language, but sometimes it’s nice to work blue).

That’s why I have this new plan.

No technology.

At least one day a week.  Or more likely, at least part of one day during the week.

I’m thinking Sundays may work best for me.

No emails.  No blogs.  No Facebook.  No Twitter.  No phone calls.

No school.

I’m going underground.  Off the radar.  Incognito.

Surely these same school buildings that have been standing for 100 years will survive one more day if I turn off my phone.

And if they don’t, there probably won’t be school on Monday anyway.

It’s easy to be needed. 

It’s much harder to realize everyone else will be just fine without you.

I’m officially copyrighting "No Technology Day for Administrators."  From now on, my speeches in front of literally thousands and thousands of people will include not only a push for administrators using technology, but also a push not to use technolgy.

At least one day a week.

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6 Responses to “Searching for Sanity? Turn Off Your Technology.”

  1. Karen Marcus
    on Oct 31st, 2012
    @ 5:52 pm

    Good advice. I know some new principals that are burning themselves right out by working 24/7. Not good.

  2. Jill Craddock
    on Oct 31st, 2012
    @ 8:14 pm

    Please share this with teachers & students also, great idea!

  3. Ren G
    on Nov 1st, 2012
    @ 7:15 am

    I love the idea. Not sure I could give in to dropping the tech though… maybe for half a day while I sleep.

  4. Marrisha
    on Nov 1st, 2012
    @ 6:22 pm

    This is much needed advice for all educators. What did people do before technology? I’m adopting this practice for myself and I’m going to pass it on to friends and family, even those not in education.

  5. Khushbu Patel
    on Nov 7th, 2012
    @ 6:41 pm

    Dear Mr. Smith,

    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I agree, technology can be suffocating at times. There are times when I just want to close my laptop lid from staring at it all day and spend some time with my family instead. As soon as I reopen my laptop tons of things pop at me. I remember all those tasks still awaiting me. The potential that technology has is great but I hope it doesn’t take the peace from a person (if that makes any sense). Some time without it is a great stress reliever!

    Khushbu Patel

  6. Alex Eckert
    on Feb 25th, 2013
    @ 7:52 pm

    You posted this in October. Have you been able to keep up with a weekly “no technology” day?

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