Tech tips for an un­plugged va­ca­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - YOUTH -

CHICAGO — With sum­mer travel kick­ing off, we’re of­fer­ing sev­eral tips on how to re­ally dis­con­nect from work elec­tron­i­cally. Af­ter all, isn’t tak­ing a minute to en­joy a breath­tak­ing view more im­por­tant than a cor­po­rate email? We think so.

Dis­able email. Ac­tu­ally, dis­able ev­ery­thing. Turn off your work email, and re­ally hide it. For ex­am­ple, on an iPhone, go to “set­tings” and then “mail”. Go to “ac­counts”, and swipe the but­ton to turn off your work email ac­count, so it won’t au­to­mat­i­cally down­load emails or show the red num­ber of new mes­sages.

Also, dis­able alerts. We do not un­der­stand why peo­ple feel the need to have a palm­sized list of up­dates from “homes you might like” and “news that may scare you”. Cre­ate a smart­phone en­vi­ron­ment where you seek out in­for­ma­tion.

An­other way to do that? Log out of ev­ery­thing. We don’t down­load apps for ev­ery­thing. And we don’t save all pass­words. So when we check so­cial me­dia, it re­quires ac­tu­ally typ­ing in a web­site, user­name and pass­word. Each layer serves as a check to see whether it’s re­ally more im­por­tant than . T what­ever you’re do­ing in real life.

Re­move cal­en­dars from your phone. If you’re the type who has work cal­en­dars, or any cal­en­dars, con­nected to your smart­phone, re­move them.

Your only ap­point­ment is with the beach, the moun­tains or a good book.

Set up a solid out-of-of­fice mes­sage. Do this early, so that you’re not stress­ing about typ­ing it out be­fore head­ing to the air­port.

Use air­plane mode, even af­ter land­ing. Many peo­ple sug­gest swip­ing that air­plane icon up when­ever you can. Air­plane mode doesn’t al­low ac­cess­ing the in­ter­net for ev­ery­thing you need, but it does put an end to alerts, in case you didn’t have the strength to dis­able alerts.


Dis­con­nect­ing from work is one of the first steps to en­joy a real hol­i­day this sum­mer.

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