CIOs – Unplug for the festive season

Little Boy with SparklerChristmas is coming. For CIOs in many countries, that means a much-needed break.

And for CIOs who aren’t having time off in the next few weeks, it means at least a break from their colleagues who are!

In any case, this time of the year often presents a good opportunity to try something that’s become increasingly popular: unplugging for a few days.

Not from all technology, perhaps, as it would be a shame to miss the Christmas movies. And you will probably want to phone friends and family during the holiday season. But try taking a break from email, instant messaging and social media.

The idea is that this helps us to relax and reflect, and gives us the opportunity to think better, with fewer distractions.

Media entrepreneur Arianna Huffington tried it this time last year.

Afterwards, she wrote: “Occasionally unplugging from all our devices and techno-distractions is one of those seemingly small adjustments that actually have the power to transform the way we see the world, live our lives and interact with the people who matter most to us.”

Even for CIOs, that seems sound advice. And what better time to do it than the Christmas season?

I hope you have enjoyed our weekly posts this year. Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see covered in 2015.

Hopefully inspired by some time off, I’ll be back with fresh ideas in January.

Season’s greetings, and a happy new year!

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