Tune in, Turn on, and Drop out

Social media, technology, the constant flow of information – sometimes, it is good to disconnect.

Sunset over Vail Valley

Last week, I flew to Denver with my father and then we drove two hours to Edwards, CO. While Colorado’s climate may not be something that I would easily adapt to year-round, the weather was beautiful throughout our stay. Driving to Vail Valley, as the sun was setting, was absolutely amazing. (Just take a look at the picture above – not the best picture, but about as good as I could manage with a cheap point-and-shoot flying down the 70.)

The reason for our trip was to engage in two days of intensive training in Quality Assurance Observation methodology, a rigorous process that aims to improve the quality of construction projects through verification.

I brought my laptop, iPad, Kindle, etc., but except for taking notes and reading on my iPad, I remained offline for the most part. Part of that was unintentional – the internet connection at Riverwalk (where we were staying) was worse than dial-up, even with an ethernet connection.

I found that remaining offline helped to process the fire hose of information that came through the training. Rather than connecting to people through social media, I spent hours on both days engaging with others in person. There is no substitute for face-to-face interaction.

I had a great time in Colorado, but I think I had an even better time because I was able to be fully present and focused on the interactions I had.

Sometimes the best approach in life is to heed the advice of Mr. Leary:

Tune in, Turn on, and Drop out.