I'm sure you have read about the benefits of unplugging, but have you ever tried it? I have attempted before on my travels to Costa Rica & Nicaragua, but somehow I have been pulled back into this world of constant connection.
It actually took me quite a while to get a smart phone because the idea of everyone being able to get in touch with me ALL the time was a little overwhelming. I have now come to terms with being as reachable as possible within reason. With that being said, I find it very easy to forget what is going on around me because I "need" to check something on my phone or because I am responding to an email that is not time sensitive.
On our honeymoon, my (now) husband & I decided that we would both unplug for the entire time we were away in St. Lucia...easier said than done! I'm not sure if I am just used to being busy all the time, but the absence of multi-tasking was definitely something to get used to. With the simplicity of this new single-pointed focus, I was forced to be present in the moment. Taking the time to appreciate what was around me; the people, the nature, the colors, the aromas all became more enjoyable when I wasn't distracted. I finally learned how to play checkers at age 30!
So how is it possible to bring this idea into your everyday life? How about making a pact to yourself that after you leave work, you are actually done with work? I know in New York this does not seem practical, but if we separate out our life so that when we are at work, we work and when we are out of work we are off, we can create space in our mind and body. How nice would it be to let go of the thoughts that there are at least 5 other things we could be doing or we have to do as soon as this is over?
If this idea does not work with your particular occupation or career, how about plugging in once an hour after you leave the office? Maybe you can allow yourself to enjoy an uninterrupted meal with a friend or wait till your workout is over to give your attention to your email. Sometimes multi-tasking is necessary, and sometimes it is just too much. I'm sure if you wait a minute or 60, that email or text will still be there.