After getting out of bed this morning and pouring myself a cup of tea, I quickly ‘connected’ to my blog’s lifeline to you through my iMac computer. It is time for me to ‘plug’ back into the cyber world and get back to work, even though I am aware of the importance of knowing when to unplug. No matter what business you are in, I think you will find this little post interesting…

  • One of the mind-boggling benefits about the Internet and social media sites like, Twitter, Facebook and Youtube is how quickly we can connect with ‘friends’ and new ideas from around the world.
  • The downside of this is that while we ‘connect’ to our computers, cell phones, iPads and more, it is easy to ‘disconnect’ and find ourselves missing precious moments with loved ones, hobbies or even our jobs, an important things like painting!
  • Research proves that humans are not meant to run like computers, operating a high speeds, and constantly multi-tasking for long periods of time. Prolonged periods of being ‘plugged in’ causes irritability, anxiety, short attention spans which ultimately inhibits creativity and can cause burnout.
  • There is even a ‘National Day of Unplugging’ which starts at sundown in March and encourages people to close their laptops, put down their cell phones, stop their status updates on Facebook and Twitter, and unwind. Well at least we have a lot of time to plan for this day to ‘unplug’ in advance – lol!

Remember, people and especially artists are designed to move rhythmically between spending energy and renewing energy. As I mentioned in the popular post, 10 Ways to Overcome Mental Blocks and Boost Creativity, it is important to give yourself a break from technology. I did this last month on my 3 week visit to New Zealand. Far from home and at locations with little or no Internet access, I really was able to uplug! It was strange at first. But, I pre-scheduled a few blog posts and tweets and let it all go – and it felt great!

But, after a few days back home, I find myself ‘plugged’ back in! The short little video is a beautiful and gentle reminder of the importance to “Disconnect to Connect” I hope you enjoy it! I better go paint…


PS. I found this video on my friends Facebook page. For great blogging tips, please checkout Yan’s site,

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New Zealand: Painting and Playing in the ‘God Zone’

5 Unique Ways to Brainstorm Out of a Creative Rut

6 Ways to Keep Your goals to Yourself to Achieve Them

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Lori McNee

Lori McNee is a professional artist who specializes in still life, and landscape oil paintings. She is an exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America, Plein Air Painters of Idaho, serves on the Plein Air Mag Board of Advisors, and is an Artist Ambassador to Arches/Canson/Royal Talens. As the owner of, Lori blogs about fine art tips, marketing, and social media advice for the aspiring and professional artist. As a social media influencer, Lori ranks as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women on Twitter, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and named a #TwitterPowerhouse by The Huffington Post. She is a keynote speaker, has been a talk show host for Plum TV, writes for F+W Media publications including Artist’s Magazine, Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market, Photographer’s Market. Also, Zero to 100,000: Social Media Tips & Tricks for Small Businesses. Lori is also a member of the CBS Entertainment Tonight & The Insider Tweet Team.

6 thoughts on “Take Time to Unplug: Disconnect to Connect

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  2. Yan says:

    Honestly, I was too guilty of not “disconnecting to connect” early in my blogging career. But in retrospect, it was all worth it as now I’m able to make a decent living from my internet marketing business. And the best part of it all, it’s now on auto-pilot to the point of me “disconnecting TOO MUCH to connect…..;)

    Anyway, thanks for the mention, Lori. It’s very sweet of you. Hope you aren’t reading this while you’re ‘disconnecting’.


    • Lori McNee says:

      Hi Yan,
      Great to see you on my site! And yes, I was reading your comment while I was supposed to be disconnected! haha…
      Thanks for all the blogging advice you share with others.

      Lori :-)))

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