Stephen Covey – Habit #7: Sharpen the Saw – My Tech Detox adventure

Stephen Covey author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” and a series of “7 Habits” books had just died today. These are the habits and attributes I aspire to. My favorite is Habit #7 – “Sharpen the Saw - Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes on exercise for physical renewal, prayer (mediation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to the society for spiritual renewal.”  By chance, I was thinking about writing this blog about him this weekend as I left on my total tech detox weekend adventure to sharpen my saw. Living in the city, the urban stimulations has been great but it’s truly refreshing to completely unplug and unwind. I treated myself to a weekend free to my smartphone, 3G, Wifi and everything that comes along with it.

In the past decade computers and electronics have all sped up at a break neck speed. Whereas the human brain is progressing at normal rate. We need to be constantly upgrading every gadget or we will fall behind.  Everything is much more instantaneous, so our patience for life and everything in it has been shortened. A new study suggests individuals rely on mobile phones for mood regulation and maintaining relationships. As a society, we experience Phantom Ringing syndrome, we suffer from Ringexity, we feel alone even when are together and so on.

To counteract this sociaholic tech obsession I need a tech detox, enjoy exploring what the world has to offer. I love nature, camping, rockclimbing, hiking, snowboarding, etc. Of course, I recently upgraded to my first Digital SLR camera and now sharing photos on my website.  Here are some recent tech detox weekend trip photos of Yosemite National Park, Pinnacles National Monument, Courtright Reservoir, Santa Barbara, Big Sur, Joshua Tree National Park, and other adventures. Sharpening your saw to renew your spirit is essential to living an effective life. Being Zen & meditating is practice by some of the greatest leaders and minds in the world today. Allowing your mind to rest as your renew your passion for life. Invigorating your body with stimulating endorphins is awakening its spirit with exercise will bring you endless joy. (No really, it could.)

Could you stop and take a moment? How long can you survive without your smartphone? I challenge you to discover this about yourself. Take the Tech Detox Challenge. How will you sharpen your saw?