My failed attempt to turn off technology for just one week
by Amy Hatch, Garage Grown Gear
Published on 6/17/2015
It shouldn’t have felt so difficult. It was only one week. One week with no cell phone, text, e-mail, social media, Netflix, podcasts and other digital distractions. My Kindle book reader was the one exception I allowed myself.
As someone who is building a business “on the cloud” I’m super grateful for modern technology. It allows me to live in a rural mountain town but not be dependent on its fledgling economy.
But I also get really worn down by the constant digital barrage. And, to be frank, also slightly addicted to it.
I had applied to present Garage Grown Gear at a local pitch day. I was under the impression that we’d be giving our presentation to the selection committee sometime mid or late June. But that was not so. A text message to my husband’s cell informed me I’d need to do it within the next 48 hours.
I arranged to do it over the phone, but refused to switch on my computer to spend time prepping for it beforehand. I had an initial presentation put together and while it was rough, it would have to do.
The night before the presentation I barely slept. I wasn’t yet ready to reengage with the world out there. I spent some time meditating to get myself into the right frame of mind, but it didn’t really work. My lack of enthusiasm showed.
One of the pieces of feedback I got was that I was monotone and didn’t show any passion. This was particularly hard criticism to take because I’m usually a pretty decent public speaker and out of everything that people have questioned about Garage Grown Gear, it’s never before been my passion for it.
As soon as the call was done, I burst into tears. I felt like I couldn’t win.
True enough that it was my choice to do the presentation. I could have said no and turned my cell phone right back into airplane mode. And, for most anything else, I probably would have.
But getting into this pitch day is something I’ve had my sights set on for two years. I didn’t want to blow it simply because it was my week to check out.
Even with the benefit of hindsight I’m not sure what I should have done? Say no to giving the presentation? Suck it up and spend more time preparing beforehand? Let it play out just as it did … not a truly terrible performance, but far from a standout one as well?
And true confessions, once I gave in to the fact that I needed to turn my phone on to coordinate the presentation, I also gave in to posting a few photos of mountain biking in Fruita on Facebook and Instagram.