I’m a fan behind the idea McDonald’s is trying to push. On the 28th of September McDonald’s wants more family time and less online time. Meaning they will encourage everyone to shut off their device and have fun with their family. More importantly parents should engage with activities with their kids rather than look from distance and smile.
During the meet-up we were given mobile vaults to keep our phones in. Ironically the touch screen of my device still worked while inside. These vaults will be handed out to customers on the 28th of September. I decided I too was going to take part on September 28th and completely go offline. Wanted to do that for a while and now is a good time. This means no blog post, tweets, facebook or instagram on the 28th of September.
I got to meet a childhood friend, Ronald McDonald. I asked him about Ronald himself, what he does and why he does it. It’s not about the burgers and all about the kids. Found out on Wikipedia Roland even hung out with Enrique Iglesias.
Here are some tips by McDonald’s on what to do on the 28th of September. Some I really liked and some I’m okay with.
- Reflect on it: take some time to reflect on everything you have accomplished at the end of the work day, and put things into perspective before you head home to spend time with your family.
- Live to laugh: learn to seek out the humour in small frustrations you may be facing at work. You’ll find yourself less anxious at the end of the day and will be better prepared to enjoy time with the family.
- Pack up: why not plan a special family outing to a place without any connection to the workplace? You’ll find yourself far removed from all the little reminders that nag away at you while you’re trying to enjoy time with your loved ones.
- Take a chance: don’t judge until you’ve tried. What’s the worst that could happen by switching your off your device for one day? You may find you don’t miss it that much after all.
- Switch it up: try replacing one of the element your daily routine with an activity devoted purely to family time – you’ll enjoy the change of pace and be happy you caught up with your loved ones.
- Reward yourself: don’t let any achievement go unnoticed, no matter how small; recognise your daily successes at work and treat yourself for a job well done by spending time with your family.
- Plan for it: make family time a necessity instead of a reward. Plan weekly family nights with your loved ones just the way you schedule for important business meetings.
- Mellow out: find a calm moment in each day to sit down, switch off, and talk to your loved ones.
- Smooth out the wrinkles: take care of that one, small problem that’s been weighing you down at work; you’ll feel better prepared to switch off and unwind with your family at the end of the day.
- Keep your balance: take the good with the bad; if you sense something negative sneaking in on your day, balance it out by focusing on something good – like your family.