I wanted to take a moment to share a recent revelation I had about the power of unplugging and recharging. In our ever-connected world, it’s so easy to forget that we are allowed to not only step back from work and everyday stress but allow our directors to take the helm. Recently, I embarked on a cruise trip, and I am reminded why it is my favorite form of vacation.
Being out in the open sea, with no pressing emails or urgent meetings, provides a unique opportunity to truly disconnect. Although I reluctantly purchased the internet package to at least have email access, I wasn’t tethered to my phone.
Cruises also offer a plethora of activities, from quiet reading corners, entertainment, plus of course, the ridiculous amount of food. There’s something for everyone. And the best part? Your phone doesn’t dictate your schedule; you do.
Taking this time off has helped me return to work with a rejuvenated spirit. It reminded me that it’s not just okay, but essential, to disconnect from work and reconnect with ourselves and the world around us. I did turn my phone on during port days and checked emails for urgent matters, but for the most part, I enjoyed my time away. Plus, I trusted my Deputy CIO to handle the division during my absence, and I am modeling to my staff that it is okay to not be “on” while spending time with your family.
So here’s a gentle reminder: Don’t hesitate to unplug, sail away, and recharge. After all, we can’t pour from an empty cup.
Chani Cordero is CIO at Brooke Army Medical Center. To view the original post on LinkedIn, please click here.