This past weekend I participated in the National Day of Unplugging. The National Day of Unplugging involves not using anything tech from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday. No cell phone, no texting, no e-mail, no internet, no computer. Think of yourself back in the 80s. I consider myself someone who has boundaries around technology, and this seemed like a good idea but didn't think it would be so hard!
I did allow myself to use my cell phone, but only in any way I would have used a landline if I had one. That means no phone calls outside my house. No checking my text messages, or texting anyone else. No checking e-mails. No checking facebook. None of it.
I found this harder than anticipated. When the phone put out a text tone, I was programed to go pick it up. I didn't check it though, until after sunset that day. I was forced to find joy in the more simple things. Reading books, long walks with the dog. Those 24 hours seemed to last longer.
The National Day of Unplugging was a wake-up call to just how plugged in I actually am. From here forward I think I'll not check my phone so often for e-mail updates, etc. They are usually junk e-mails anyway, especially on the weekend. Spending more quality time with my books and my dog is completely worth it.