Between April 3 and 9 I participated in The Big Unplug started by The Minimalist Mom. I am all about simple living and believe that electronics can get in the way. I believe it is good to take a good look at the addiction ever once and awhile to evaluate what and how much electronics is benefiting me.
- Is it giving me more value than it is taking in time?
- Do I know how much time it is really taking?
I honestly was looking forward to taking the week off. The last few months has had me really trying to hit my blog hard and promote my book I have been online way more lately. Just like any hobby attempt at a business the work is never done. There is always more to do, more people to try and meet, more, more, more.
I was also scared to take the week off. I had the blog set up and scheduled through the week and wasn’t worried about that, but going without e-mail for 7 days is something I haven’t done…. since college maybe… Truthfully I knew that nothing coming through on e-mail, good or bad, would be affected terribly by waiting 7 days.
I wasn’t able to turn my cell phone off because it is our only phone and the main line for my husbands businesses. I did leave it home in the evenings a few times.
So, how did it all go?
Well, I survived. It is more of an addiction than I would like to think. I fought ‘the tick’ of always thinking I needed to get online and check my e-mail. When I got back online I realized I missed nothing. My inbox was full, but almost all of it could just be deleted.
I had hoped that I would get through a bunch of my April reading. I am working on The The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business and it is a longer book (and I read slow) than I typically read. Great book, but I still have about 100 pages to go. I also hoped I would get to do lots more fun stuff with the kids. We did do a few more activities and spent a day with friends. However, most of the time that would have been computer time over the week I spent sleeping. Good or bad, I love sleeping and the late nights working on the book must have caught up.
I wanted to have some grand deep thoughts for you on the project, or at least a good story of all the exciting things we did during the week…but I have neither 🙂
Going forward I am going to limit my e-mail and social media time to once a day. I have limited time for myself and I want to spend it learning and writing. I also am going to batch my writing time better (when the kids are sleeping or resting). I was doing good on limiting computer time to specific times in the day but the last few months I wasn’t following it as well as I should have been.
I think the unplug process is something I want to do more often. Scheduling time to be unplugged just to reassess how it is helping my life.
Did you unplug? What was it like?
Plugging or unplugging do you know how much time you spent hooked up on TV, computer, phone, other electronics?
I love technology, but it is important that the time spent is equal to the benefit in my life. Have a great week!
P.S – This week is exciting, got some great news to share with you tomorrow 😉