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Re-Plugged and Prioritizing

May 26, 2017 | Posted by Randy Raasch

In my last blog entry, I shared my experience of being “unplugged” while spending two weeks overseas. It was relaxing to say the least.

As I returned to the states, I fired up my phone and was greeted by hundreds of emails, phone messages, texts, Facebook notifications and all the communications from Linkedin, Twitter and other social media platforms.

But it wasn’t all that bad. Here’s what I learned:

    • Not every text message, email or voicemail needs immediate attention. Although it is important to check each of these throughout the day, very few will need an immediate response. Identifying those that are time sensitive is necessary.
    • When it comes to social media… I did miss seeing pictures of a friend’s lunch; a video of another friend’s cute baby, who can scare the cat; and a few political memes that gave me heartburn. I now realize I only have to check my social media once every few days.
    • The majority of my emails are not of great value. I had messages offering me discounts on paper products. There were emails proposing that I terminate my phone plan and sign up with their advanced plan. There were emails from groups that keep contacting me every week, and I have no interest in what they are sharing. I didn’t realize how many of these I was receiving each day until I saw them stacked up for two weeks. I learned how to “unsubscribe.”
    • I like text messages. They are short and to the point. I’m not one who likes to chat on the phone. I usually get to the point and move on. Text messages are perfect!

The amazing thing is that I spent only an hour organizing my emails, texts, voicemails and other communications.

The bottom line is this, modern communication is necessary, but doesn’t have to be difficult.

Randy Raasch
Randy Raasch has served as pastor of First Immanuel Lutheran Church of Cedarburg, Wisconsin for 27 years. He has been an adjunct professor of theology at Concordia University Wisconsin since 1990. His personal mission statement is, I serve God by serving others.