So I tried an experiment last week. I unplugged. Completely. I didn’t check my email, or log into Facebook. I didn’t tweet, and I didn’t post pictures to Instagram. Wow!!! This was a big step for me. (I did pre-post some things to Facebook and Twitter, so you know…no one would forget me.)
Have you ever done this? It was eye-opening for me. I had reached the point where I was “checking things” constantly. Even late at night, or first thing in the morning. I learned some awesome things:
- The world doesn’t end when I don’t read the news
- My head got quieter, like, there was peace and quiet in there
- I had to talk to people when I was in line at the store
- At first I kept reaching for my phone, and then I’d realize that I didn’t need to touch it if it didn’t ring!
- I spent more time with friends, family, and my pets, and I was more “present” while I was with them.
Now I’m not saying that any of these things are bad, but for me the habit was out of control. So how can you unplug? It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing deal. You could just reduce if you feel it’s overwhelming you. But where do you start?
- Make the decision to only check your e-mail once a day. If anyone needs me urgently, they’ll call.
- Go on to Facebook once a day and scan quickly. You don’t have to read/like/comment on every post. Just tag in and out.
- If you TWEET or INSTAGRAM, you don’t have to do that every day either. Every meal doesn’t have to be shared. You don’t have to take a selfie at every event. It’s actually kind of nice to keep some things private.
- It’ll only feel strange for the first few days.
- Spend the time you would be on-line doing something else–pet your dog, work on the craft project you abandoned, finish a book in your TBR pile. Do the things you like to do.
So how about you? Have you ever tried to unplug? Why or why not? And what was the result? There’s a comment button next to the title of this blog. If you’re receiving it in email, just click on the link and then look next to the title. I’d love to hear from you!
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