Unplugging

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That’s right–I’ve challenged myself to go off-line. Starting tomorrow, I’m unplugging from it all: my Smartphone, blogs, emails, Facebook, and all things “on-line”. I want to see how long I can last. I’ve gone a couple of days before, but I’m thinking a little longer this time.

One week, maybe two? Does that seem long to you? It is for me!

I’m on-line too much. My mind is cluttered by distractions.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the web. I think it’s amazing, wonderful, and informative (there’s also a lot of crap), but I need a break from both the good and the bad to cleanse my mind.

I have an internal need (see yesterday’s post) to write, so I’ve purchasing a couple of notebooks and a few good pens. That should do it.

Yeah, right!?! I’ll probably have withdrawals, but I’m not caving in. I’m committed.

I want to remember what it feels like to be completely off-line for more than 72 hours.

I want to be fully engaged and present for the the great things going on in my life. (Plus, our 6-year-old daughter called me a “computer head” the other day. That’s a pretty clear message.)

The hardest part will be not checking my emails because I should be checking my emails for “work” related stuff.

I don’t care. I’m doing it. I’m signing off. This is a priority.

I’m actually really looking forward to this experiment.

I want to see if unplugging affects my thought process, feelings, and relationships. Also, I feel most creative when I’m out and about. After I go for a run, I’m buzzing with ideas. I  go on-line right away with the intent of recording all my thoughts, and then I often get distracted by other stuff.

I’m cutting out the distractions by going back to notebooks, which I actually really love to use. I like to doodle while I’m thinking and draw arrows from one sentence to another connecting my thoughts. Writing with the pen feels more personal too. Not as fast, but maybe it will be more quality work. Maybe not. Guess I’ll find out.

I’ll let you know how it goes, when I come back.

See you soon, but hopefully not too soon! :)

How often do you go on-line? Would you freak out being off-line for a week or two?

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Janell
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 07:54:11

    Good luck! I don’t think I could do it! I am working on a new post so look for it when you come back to the world of e-mail.

    Reply

    • Liz
      Oct 21, 2011 @ 09:43:53

      I think it will be really hard! I’ve already had my first test and I haven’t even started: Olivia has a spider report due next Thursday. I’d normally research on-line instead of going to the library. :)

      Looking forward to reading your post and hearing about your “writing weekend”.

      Reply

  2. Justin
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 08:14:03

    I think this is great! I want to try it too. And I, actually, much prefer writing in notebooks. Good luck!

    Reply

  3. mikka
    Oct 21, 2011 @ 11:37:11

    Good luck Liz…I put all my faith in you…be a good example for me :) xoxo

    Reply

  4. Jodi Hopkins
    Oct 25, 2011 @ 20:51:23

    So…you won’t read this since you are offline, but you are in my thoughts. :) I miss your posts!

    Reply

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