The Importance of Getting Unplugged

"Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance, is NOT laziness. This is hard for most people to accept, because our culture [American] tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity." Tim Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek

 Dip out. Wander off. Take a break. Get unplugged.

At PluggedIN, we believe to be happy & productive at your job, you must have a work-life balance. Prior to building the PluggedIN platform, we considered the amount of time job seekers spend scouring job boards and companies spend weeding through resumes and dealing with recruiters. The platform is intended to help both users [companies and job seekers] bypass the long grueling, and oftentimes frustrating, process from both ends. When you're ready to hire, you can instantly get plugged in by accessing the talent pipeline we've generated for you. It's that simple. How does it work?

Here are 6 Ways to Get Unplugged

1) Get out and explore. Seriously, just go somewhere.
Whether it's day trip to a different town or booking a flight to a place you've never been, get out of your day-to-day and reset your mind by going on an adventure and traveling somewhere new. 

2) Do some kind of physical activity.
Go for a walk or a run. Maybe you're into yoga or aerial arts. Whatever it is, move your body and naturally increase your heart rate. The quickest way to refresh the brain is through the body. "Emotion is created by motion. In other words, emotions are linked to movement in our bodies. We all get in lousy psychological and emotional states at times, but when you find yourself in that place, change your body and get in state." - Tony Robbins

3) Turn of your screens for 24 hours
No phones, no computers, no TV. Go do stuff, read a book, talk to neighbors. Try out "Screenless Saturdays". Just one day of no electronics. Test yourself. Can you do it?

4) Pick up a new hobby or past time.
Not only do hobbies encourage you to take a break, they provide an outlet for stress. Depending on the hobby, they can even serve as a creative outlet. Shifting your focus to something totally unrelated to your day-to-day work can help reset the brain and refill your tank for decision making and critical thinking. 

5) Meditate
Whether its guided meditation or an app like HeadSpace, one of the commonalities among many of the top performers in the world is daily meditation. If you're looking for more of a radical meditation experience, spend a weekend with Buddhist monks for a real meditation retreat. 

6) Hit a trail
My personal favorite way to get unplugged... Leave your phone in the car, or set to silence if you choose to bring along, and explore a hiking trail. Surrounding yourself with the sights and sounds of nature, can do wonders for the body, mind and soul. Not to mention the fresh oxygen emitted by all of the trees, especially if you're in a wooded area. Want to take it up a notch? Pitch a tent and camp out under the stars. If you're not into roughin' it, try 'Glamping'!  
Here are 14 great trails around the STL area. 

Taum Sauk Mountain Park in the Missouri Ozarks. My favorite hiking companions, Jasper & Clyde. 

Taum Sauk Mountain Park in the Missouri Ozarks. My favorite hiking companions, Jasper & Clyde. 

Alternating between being focused on work and not working, being totally pluggedin and being totally unplugged, is a balancing act and necessary to thrive. As Tim Ferris aptly puts it, "Capacity, interest and mental endurance all wax and wane. Plan accordingly. By working only when you are most effective is both more productive and more enjoyable. It's the perfect example of having your cake and eating it too."

This holiday weekend, catch your breath, get outside, turn off your phone and computer, at least for a couple hours, recharge your batteries, get unplugged.  When you're ready to hire or start your job search, we're here to get you plugged in.