Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Pulling the Plug


Melinda at Elements in Time often has great ideas. This week she has had yet another one. She's sponsoring a challenge for the month of March, inviting participants to enjoy one technology free day a week. She's not suggesting we live like the Amish but merely step away from our computers and TVs or video games or whatever electronics suck our time for one day out of every week.

One of my Trim the Fat goals was to reduce time wasted online. In the beginning of the month, I enjoyed a virtually technology free weekend. Without the electric din buzzing in the background, I felt more grounded, more connected, more at peace - as cliche as that may sound. I've spent the rest of February, trimming my online time. I used to spend hours on the Internet following link after link to God knows where. Certainly some of my journeys were eye opening and useful. I didn't, however, need to take them everyday.

For the month of March, I will be taking a further step back from the computer. I will still write my posts, read my favorite blogs and follow the occasional link to an undiscovered world. I'll just be doing it one day less a week.

That other day, whether it be a Friday or a Sunday or a whatever day, I'll absorb the silence. I'll plant seeds in my garden. I'll read my book club's new book. I'll play hide n seek for the hundredth time with the kids. I'll bake homemade bread. I'll find a new recipe for dinner. I'll finally make yogurt. I'll listen only to my own thoughts. I'll pull the plug - just for a day.

12 comments:

arduous said...

Good for you! I waste too much time online, and yet, this challenge seems beyond my grasp. One day?! What about work?!! What about if someone CALLS me!! I know, I know. It's ridiculous. But maybe I will restrict my "technology" time to a couple hours one day a week.

Theresa said...

This is a great idea for a challenge! I know just what you mean about following links everywhere all the time.

Ironically, I came to your blog today specifically to tag you with a meme, but do feel free to decline, in the spirit of this very worthwhile challenge!

Joyce said...

Last year my son decided to give up using the computer and cell phone for Lent (he still had a land line phone) It was terrific for him and he got a lot out of it spiritually, it drove the rest of the family nuts, because we could never reach him! Maybe that's what he liked best:)

Fake Plastic Fish said...

I love this idea. I really do. I publish blog posts 5 days a week, so Friday or Saturday could surely be a technology-free day. I will join you in the challenge. I'll have to decide each week whether the computer-free day will be Friday or Saturday depending on my calendar and needs.

CindyW said...

At first I thought that would be impossible - 24 hours?! Come to think about it, weekend is a good place to start - running, playing with the kids, farmer's market, park, nature walks, etc., etc., none needs plugged power. Thanks for the reminder.

kale for sale said...

Good for you! Just the thought of abandoning my lap top for a day leaves me short of breath. Which likely means I should give it a go. But I also think that once the weather turns more beautiful nature will naturally pull me away. At least I hope so.

Fake Plastic Fish said...

Okay, so I thought more about this challenge and decided I would modify mine to be a "media-free" day instead of technology. That includes all sources of information, including print. Because I often feel that my brain is on information overload. But it wouldn't stop me from taking telephone calls from people who need to contact me. So for me: no computer, television, radio, iPod (I'm a big one for Audiobooks and Podcasts), newspaper, magazines, or books. Silence for my brain.

But talking with friends, actually hearing their voices rather than reading their words on a screen, that will be allowed.

Melinda said...

Green Bean, you're too kind.

I don't know about you, but it sure felt relaxing to me to just list all of the great things I'll be doing on my day off...

Green Bean said...

Arduous - good for you. You have to start somewhere.

Theresa - thank you so much for thinking of me! I really appreciate it. I actually already posted for the same meme here so that makes it easy to comply with both the meme and the challenge! :)

http://greenbeandreams.blogspot.com/2008/02/eeeny-meeeny-miney-me.html

Joyce: great to hear that it worked for your son even if not people trying to reach him :)

Cindy and Katrina - getting out in nature is so restorative. I'm sure it will be easier to pull away from the computer the sunnier it becomes.

FPF: You rock! Giving up all media. I should probably do that too but am not sure I'm capable just yet. But I know what you mean about info overload. My brain is constantly spinning as I plow through the Internet, book after book and feel almost like I'm on a race to absorb all this information and change my life as a result. It does become overwhelming.

Melinda: brilliant challenge! thank you for coming up with us and giving us all a reason to flip the switch.

Joyce said...

As my son said, quoting Ps. 46, sometimes it's time to"be still and know that I am God". Seems like good advice in election season!

Chile said...

I'm going to be doing her unplug challenge, too, but not my sweetie. Since I'm choosing a weekday, he can't. That's okay...I'm the one doing the challenge, not him.

Looking forward to not seeing ya'll one day a week. Oh wait, that doesn't sound good, does it? ;-)

Beany said...

I too waste too much time online and have quit spending time online in the evenings and on some weekends. I've finally disciplined myself to quit reading every single blog post as soon as they are posted and let them sit there and then enjoy both the post the the comments at a later date.

We usually have a no lightbulb day at our place, where we use candles once a week. This exercise winds up making us sleepy...and since I am always sleep deprived I don't complain too much.

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