Starbucks Grad Student: No cell, text, email!

As a future counselor (school), I innately put others first. In turn, I also spend quite a bit of time throughout my day talking to family members and friends. So as one can imagine, I often find myself putting things off that I should be getting done. I recently came to the realization that “being connected” all of the time is not conducive to productivity and above all my sanity lol. However, as much as I would love to chuck my blackberry out the window and check out of gchat for the week it’s not realistic. I simply cannot not answer a call from my dad, or an urgent bbm from Pauly d yadda yadda. So I guess a wish for me, as I forge through my first draft of a journal article late in the evening would be to go without a cell for day! Have someone else answer my calls, bbms, texts, e-mails, and gchats…

-Christine

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2 responses to “Starbucks Grad Student: No cell, text, email!

  • Keith

    Starbucks Grad!

    Wow, the first out-of-the-box request (only 2nd positive present request)! I feel you and understand that technology keeps humans in contact every second while they are awake.

    You made me think about anticipation….how it’s lost with a quick text. What happened to making plans a week in advance to have dinner, see a movie, or just hang out…now text, emails, instant messages change plans a hundred times over and make the moments of life fast, and living becomes doing. What about romance? You meet that special person and you get the giddys/freshness hoping they will communicate within a few hours, you need that instant gratification asap.

    I think you are feeling the need to stop the constant chatter, the what is next feeling, and to bring presence in your life…so below are two wishes for you.

    1) I will dedicate one day and be your Personal Communication Butler. Where applicable, please set-up auto-replies as below:

    “Please contact my Personal Communication Butler (PCB) today, since I am unavailable for contact until tomorrow. My PCB will also handle all emergencies.

    PCB
    Keith Donohue
    krdonohue@aol.com
    301-412-0317

    Thanks!”

    Do not answer any texts, phone calls, emails, etc. If it’s an emergency they will contact me or call 911…and I will contact you if something does need attention. I would urge you to be around loved ones this day and if no love is present then make it a movie marathon day, Barnes & Noble day, volunteer day, wellness day filled with yoga, meditation, and a massage. Please make a plan and stick with it.

    SEND THE DATE for me to Dominate…Don’t hesitate!

    2) I too will take a day away from any electronic communication from the moment I wake up until I fall asleep. I hope it will bring about a positive lesson and that I do something productive for myself and others this day.

    Thanks for the request and I hope to hear from you soon.

  • krdonohue

    I finally took a day off from my cell/email/text…all electronic communication, and it cleared the mind and soul. I hope to make a habit of this to refresh my brain and thinking on a weekly or monthly basis.

    The day also reconnected me to nature which is very important to understand since we wouldn’t exist without the earth.

    Thanks for this gift.
    -Keith

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