This morning I turned off my computer, you should too

Audio record of the post, ‘This morning I turned off my computer, you should too’

This morning, while writing my morning pages, I found myself listening to the
hum of my desktop computer. I stopped writing and I took a moment to turn off
my computer. After a moment of hearing the hardware dial down, I was now in a
quieter room.

This shift from up-time to down-time became incredibly apparent when I looked
to turn off my phone. A moment later, my kindle was off too. That’s three
powered devices within arms length at the desk.

That’s when I paused.

And then I asked myself, do I expect my machines need to run at 100% uptime?

Then another, does running machines at 100% uptime mean I need to manage them
100% of that time?

As I sat listening to my furnace kick off, I was struck by how simple the logic
of its operation.

Meet objective, then turn off blower motor;
if not met, ignite and heat,
then, initialize blower motor;
and, turn off gas to flame;
pull thermostat reading:
if objective met, turn off blower motor.

Ask yourself:

  • what if more of my work process included turning off as a key component to its functioning?
  • Am I expected to run my machines 100% of the time?
  • By extension of that, am I expected to run 100% of the time
  • And, do I try to meet that irrational standard?

If this is a new concept to you, turning off your devices, take a moment and do
it now.

(Bonus points if you measure how much time your device has been off.)

Where ever you are, you are not alone

Audio record of, ‘Where ever you are, you are not alone’

The readers of this blog are from all around the world.

Think about that for a moment.

Someone in India, South Africa, China, Scotland, Mexico, Egypt, Germany, and so many more countries are reading these words.

Do you know what that means?

There is someone who is fighting for the vision that they feel inside, just like you, and they visit this blog to feel its words awaken, inspire, and motivate them.

We are rising together, my readers, one day at a time. And we are not alone in our struggles, pain, or suffering.

But neither are we alone in our triumph, our victory, or our greatness.