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Powering Off” or “Power On?


 Powering Off” or “Power On?

Do you bring your laptop along when you go on vacation?

Are there times when you dislike your cell phone or Blackberry?

A survey conducted by Harris Interactive revealed that 33% of individuals who go on vacation usually bring their laptops with them. I once witnessed a man during a Sunday meal at a restaurant using his cell phone to make business calls despite being surrounded by his family. He seemed unhappy, and so did his family.

Powering Off” or “Power On?
 Powering Off” or “Power On?

To restate the words of Charles Dickens, the current era can be described as both the most excellent and the most terrible time. This is particularly relevant when discussing the concept of being connected to others. The thought of individuals who perished in the 9/11 attacks having the opportunity to speak with their loved ones in their final moments fills me with emotion. Conversely, I was shocked to hear my friend's account of her mother taking a phone call on her mobile phone while present at the birth of her grandchild.

I felt thankful for having my cell phone when I encountered a stranded young woman on the freeway who didn't have one and I could instantly provide assistance. During vacation, it's handy to have Internet access to research indoor entertainment possibilities in the locality on a rainy day and to get directions to reach them effortlessly. It's reassuring to know that my relatives can contact me in an emergency — or to share wonderful news! — no matter where I am in the world. The same applies to my coworkers.

The query at hand is whether one should bring a laptop along while vacationing.

Powering Off” or “Power On?
 Powering Off” or “Power On?

Additionally, is it necessary to have the cell phone switched on all the time?

Many clients pose this question, however, I believe they are inquiring about the wrong thing. Instead of asking what they should do, they should be asking themselves what they would like to do. And, to take it a step further, the most vital question to answer is which task will give them the most favorable outcome. To achieve this, they must first contemplate what their ultimate objective is.

I have repeatedly stressed the importance of the definition of "organization" as controlling what you can control in order to manage things that you cannot. In our modern world, where connectivity is prevalent, it is easy to feel powerless due to outside factors. I find it concerning when someone complains about being reachable on their cell phone because it is within their power to turn it off.

If one's job requires constant availability, they need to question if it is the right job or if they have trained people to always expect them to be available. Customer service is important but does not require 24/7 availability. Good communication is key. It may be frustrating to wait for a response, but few situations would suffer if a reply comes an hour later to enjoy lunch without interruptions.

According to my daughter who is an expert in counseling and holds a PhD, connectivity can be a habit-forming activity that can lead to addiction. However, she also emphasized that anything that diminishes the quality of your life and the lives of those around you can be considered an addiction.

Powering Off” or “Power On?
 Powering Off” or “Power On?

How does all this relate to productivity?

I am dedicated to assisting people and companies in establishing and maintaining a productive atmosphere that allows both work and enjoyment. Proper use of connectivity contributes to completing tasks and facilitating leisure time. However, when used unwisely, it can compromise work priorities, harm physical health, and ruin relationships.

The main concern is not about bringing your laptop along for a vacation or keeping your cell phone switched on continuously. Some individuals feel comforted when they can check their email once a day while on vacation when others are not around. However, for others, a vacation means disconnecting from technology altogether. There is no objective answer. The important matter is whether the decision you make serves to improve or worsen your life and the well-being of those around you.

It is completely your choice whether to turn off or turn on the power.

Note: Here's a rephrased version of the paragraph in English. P.S.  SOMETHING TO CONSIDER: Your capability to enhance any connection is linked to your ability to retrieve information at the right time.

Are you wasting time searching for the information you need?

Are you able to locate information that other colleagues have?

If you cannot, fill out our Productive Environment Scorecard, (, and receive a free 30-minute phone consultation to identify specific steps that you can implement to ensure that every member of your organization has access to the right information and takes the appropriate action at the right time.


Are you someone who likes to bring their laptop along when going on holiday?

Maybe there are times when you feel frustrated with your mobile phone or Blackberry? According to a survey conducted by Harris Interactive, around 33% of people who go on vacation bring their laptops with them. I witnessed a situation at a restaurant where a man was having a meal with his family and was talking on his mobile phone, discussing work affairs. He and his family did not seem very pleased about it.

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