This past week I was in Cuba attending my younger brother's wedding. It was also the first time I've ever taken a real vacation. Due to my unusual work schedule, it often occurs that I am off from the studio but I have to teach, or I'm off from teaching but I have to work at the studio. It was a real luxury to have some real time off. What made this really unusual for me was that the resort had limited internet access, so I couldn't check in constantly like I always do.
By 'check in', I mean constantly having Gmail running in the background, having my iPhone on me at all times, checking Facebook, etc. It wasn't until this was cut off that I realized just how often I check this. I do it all the time out of habit, probably dozens of times a day.
It reminded me of when I was working on a project at Arc and they cut off the internet to all the workstations for security reasons. This was well before I had an iPhone, so I was really cut off. There was one station that was still connected to the net, but if I used that station it was sort of a walk of shame so I tended to avoid it. Honestly, I have never been so productive. When the internet wasn't there on my station, the only thing I could do to was focus on what was in front of me. That was the case for me this weekend, where I just focused on what was in front of me, my family.
I think it's very easy to get your life out of whack, to get your priorities mixed up. I know it can be for me. When my emails went unchecked, the world continued to spin. There was no disaster if I didn't respond immediately. This week was a good reminder of what's really important; friends and family.
Have a great weekend.