Poll: Do we really know what “disconnect” means?

I love to work, I actually do. I like to work and I like to have something to do.

Some people say that’s a problem and others are exactly like me. Even after the typical office hours, I usually do extra work at night and even do work in the middle of watching a movie at home and at other times. I do work on vacation and on “days off.”

I don’t ever really disconnect or stop working. Even when I’m not working, something that I need to do or need to work on usually pops into my head.

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In CNBC’s “Most Stressful Jobs of 2011,” PR was the #2 most stressful job. Quote:

They also bear the burden of being connected constantly to social media while also managing small details of several campaigns at once.

 

I also noticed that quite a few of their other most stressful jobs were communication related fields.

#4 Photojournalist – “Many are on call 24 hours a day. And when news breaks, the photojournalists may have to mobilize with extremely short notice and stay on assignment for extended periods of time.”

#5 Newscaster – “They must be continually plugged in, interacting with the dynamic landscape of the internet, which is continuously changing the way they broadcast the news.

#6 Advertising Account Executive – “Advertising executives must continually keep pace with trends and consumer tastes, and dealing with clients tends to be particularly stressful in their daily work routines.”

See the pattern?

I know it’s something I need to work on, especially when hanging out with others or even making time for myself.

 

Do you ever “disconnect” from your technology or your work? Any tips on disconnecting so we can participate in life and get away from work?

Do we even know how to disconnect?

 

24 thoughts on “Poll: Do we really know what “disconnect” means?

  1. I TRY to keep my days off and days working separate… Generally, for me, that means I’m still tweeting personal things and if a work one happens to come up, I’ll respond. Also, if I get an email I read it and then go from there. If it’s something I can respond to on the spot, I will, if not, it has to wait until I’m at least alone and not interrupting activities when with other people! Probably not the “best” combination, but it seems to work! πŸ™‚

    1. That’s probably how I need to be more. All my emails come to my phone so I’m constantly getting emails and responding to them. The best I do is when I read them then respond later, which I probably need to do more.
      -Lauren

  2. It was so crazy when I found out PR was ranked the 2nd most stressful job, above professions like photojournalists. But then again, I can understand why, especially these days with 24/7 access and media coverage. These days I can’t even watch TV without jumping on to Twitter or checking out my Google Reader.

    1. I thought it was a litle surprising too, but we do have to deal with SO much and not a day goes by I’m not plugged in or jumping on to Twitter for news and conversation!

      -Lauren

      1. Yeap, absolutely! But you know what? I never feel like its a chore. I love reading blogs about PR and social media, I love tweeting and sharing other information and I love researching and writing up blog posts, so I guess I actually don’t mind being constantly connected.

        1. I don’t feel like it’s a chore either. I like knowing what’s going on! I like to be constantly connected, it just seems to be others in my life that really mind πŸ˜› haha

          -Lauren

  3. It was so crazy when I found out PR was ranked the 2nd most stressful job, above professions like photojournalists. But then again, I can understand why, especially these days with 24/7 access and media coverage. These days I can’t even watch TV without jumping on to Twitter or checking out my Google Reader.

      1. Yeap, absolutely! But you know what? I never feel like its a chore. I love reading blogs about PR and social media, I love tweeting and sharing other information and I love researching and writing up blog posts, so I guess I actually don’t mind being constantly connected.

  4. I TRY to keep my days off and days working separate… Generally, for me, that means I’m still tweeting personal things and if a work one happens to come up, I’ll respond. Also, if I get an email I read it and then go from there. If it’s something I can respond to on the spot, I will, if not, it has to wait until I’m at least alone and not interrupting activities when with other people! Probably not the “best” combination, but it seems to work! πŸ™‚

    1. That’s probably how I need to be more. All my emails come to my phone so I’m constantly getting emails and responding to them. The best I do is when I read them then respond later, which I probably need to do more.

      -Lauren

  5. I try my best to keep work and personal life separate. Like you I enjoy staying busy and I feel wasteful if I’m just lazing around. Of course we all need a bit of lazy time to regroup and stay sane. The paid position I’m currently in does not require 24 hour assistance so I can still have a so called “work/life balance.” My side projects take up a bit more free time but I’m okay with that for now. Once I find a full time PR position…I’m not sure what all will happen. I can tell you I’m looking forward to a powerhouse productive weekend thanks to the holiday.

    1. I feel weird if I take “time off” or if I’m being lazy too. I feel like I need to have something to do all the time! IT’s a problem I have. Once I enter the “real world” and get a full time PR position, hopefully that will change where I will want more separation from things. Have a great weekend and good luck with your search!

      -Lauren

  6. I try my best to keep work and personal life separate. Like you I enjoy staying busy and I feel wasteful if I’m just lazing around. Of course we all need a bit of lazy time to regroup and stay sane. The paid position I’m currently in does not require 24 hour assistance so I can still have a so called “work/life balance.” My side projects take up a bit more free time but I’m okay with that for now. Once I find a full time PR position…I’m not sure what all will happen. I can tell you I’m looking forward to a powerhouse productive weekend thanks to the holiday.

    1. I feel weird if I take “time off” or if I’m being lazy too. I feel like I need to have something to do all the time! IT’s a problem I have. Once I enter the “real world” and get a full time PR position, hopefully that will change where I will want more separation from things. Have a great weekend and good luck with your search!
      -Lauren

  7. Disconnecting/separating work and play is one of the most important behaviors you can learn as a PR pro. Burnout is a very real phenomenon and, without time away, your work will suffer.

    As an independent consultant, I have to be available for client or editor calls regardless of the time/day of the week, so completely disconnecting for extended periods is out of the question (no such thing as a day off), but I do manage to squeeze in some downtime.

    One habit I’ve found to be very useful – I won’t take my phone or tablet into a bar/restaurant or other leisure activities (e.g., when I take out the boat, go to a ballgame, etc.) unless I plan to be there for an entire day.

    The biggest way I get away is to take at least two significant vacations a year, but I don’t completely unplug for those. I just make sure they are during my clients’ slower weeks, and I do cut way back on how often I check email/voicemail while I’m away.

    1. That’s the only thing I’m worried about is burning out and not wanting to do work. I know I need to take more time away, I just haven’t done it yet.

      That’s a good thing to not take your phone or tablet out with you, but I get nervous without my phone! On vacation, I don’t unplug either, but it’s different for you as an independent consultant!

      -Lauren

  8. Disconnecting/separating work and play is one of the most important behaviors you can learn as a PR pro. Burnout is a very real phenomenon and, without time away, your work will suffer.
    As an independent consultant, I have to be available for client or editor calls regardless of the time/day of the week, so completely disconnecting for extended periods is out of the question (no such thing as a day off), but I do manage to squeeze in some downtime.
    One habit I’ve found to be very useful – I won’t take my phone or tablet into a bar/restaurant or other leisure activities (e.g., when I take out the boat, go to a ballgame, etc.) unless I plan to be there for an entire day.
    The biggest way I get away is to take at least two significant vacations a year, but I don’t completely unplug for those. I just make sure they are during my clients’ slower weeks, and I do cut way back on how often I check email/voicemail while I’m away.

    1. That’s the only thing I’m worried about is burning out and not wanting to do work. I know I need to take more time away, I just haven’t done it yet.
      That’s a good thing to not take your phone or tablet out with you, but I get nervous without my phone! On vacation, I don’t unplug either, but it’s different for you as an independent consultant!
      -Lauren

  9. I unfortunately am a busy-bee just like you! I love working and being busy. Whether I am at the movies or dinner to it’s the weekend or vacation, my mind is always going. Sometimes I am just sitting around watching a movie or reading a book and I find myself planning tomorrow. I used to think this is a bad thing, but it’s not. It’s just me πŸ™‚

    I couldn’t believe that PR is #2 most stressful job because I think I have adapted to this field and don’t really notice it anymore. Stress just comes with the job. PR isn’t a 9 – 5 job. It’s 24/7.

    1. We are both SO busy! My mind is constantly going as well. I don’t think it’s a bad thing either, it’s just who we are!

      I agree, PR isn’t a 9-5 job, it really is all the time :]

      -Lauren

  10. I unfortunately am a busy-bee just like you! I love working and being busy. Whether I am at the movies or dinner to it’s the weekend or vacation, my mind is always going. Sometimes I am just sitting around watching a movie or reading a book and I find myself planning tomorrow. I used to think this is a bad thing, but it’s not. It’s just me πŸ™‚
    I couldn’t believe that PR is #2 most stressful job because I think I have adapted to this field and don’t really notice it anymore. Stress just comes with the job. PR isn’t a 9 – 5 job. It’s 24/7.

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