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Mobile-Only Holiday Edition!

Mobile Only: Week 42

Benjamin Robbins, an EMF member, is spending the next year working solely from a single mobile device. Each week he shares his thoughts and experience with us on what it means to be mobile-only.

It is a busy time of year, so I hope to make this short! The holiday season can be, as they say, the most wonderful time of the year. But it can also be one of the most hectic. Many of you will be traveling or hosting at your homes. It is a time filled with family, work holiday parties, closing out of year-end projects, vacation, shopping, get-togethers, and more. This time of year can really leave you exhausted. Mobility can play a strategic role in allowing you the flexibility to be present with those you care about (and perhaps even those in-laws you don’t) while still being able to wrap up a project or last-minute detail, whether on the road or at home.

But like the holiday eggnog (spiked or not), small doses are the way to go! I know this is counter to the “anytime, anywhere” mantra of mobility. However, perhaps it is good to add in “not anyhow or at any cost” to the tune. Ask yourself now and again (as I often have to do), “Do I really need to be checking on this right now?” The fact that many businesses really slow down around the holidays should give you the confidence to slow down yourself. As I love to say, we are habitual creatures and it’s a challenge to break that habit of constantly checking the phone. However, I think it is really important to know when to do so. So I challenge you to step away from the device for a day or two (or ten), spend time with those you care most about, hit that internal reset button, and come back at it refreshed in the New Year!

I wish all of you a safe and joyful holiday season!

P.S. If you haven’t seen – ‘A Connectivity Carol’ – Episode 3 of the Mobile-Only video series on the Guardian check it out for a laugh!

Benjamin Robbins is co-founder and Principal at Palador, a firm that focuses on providing strategic guidance to enterprises in the areas of mobility, apps, and data. You can follow him on Twitter. Mr. Robbins resides in Seattle and blogs regularly at http://remotelymobileblog.com

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