Unplugged. It’s something that we hear of often. We’re all connected. This computer that I’m typing on, my phone sitting to my right, the television on in front of me.
I’m connected all the time.
There used to be a time that I had to go downstairs in my house to post blogs or work on websites. Now my laptop makes it easy to blog from the comfort of my bed, whip up a quick WordPress page for a friend’s website from the comfort of my couch, or launch a WordPress website in the matter of 30 minutes because a friend thought it would be good to just cancel his previous host and call me to see “what should I do next?” (Yes, that really happened.) My laptop is almost always within reach.
My iPhone charges on my nightstand and acts as my alarm clock, so it’s the first thing I touch and the last thing I check when I wake or when I am going to sleep.
It’s sad, really. My toddler knows how to navigate the iPad which is a blessing and a curse. We hide the technology from him so he has to play with real toys or interact with us every day. He knows how to use my husband’s iPhone and he can turn on the tv (and turn it off.) He knows how to be connected. We work to keep him disconnected.
Why don’t I work hard to disconnect myself? Truth be told, I don’t really know.
Big changes are on the horizon and I’m vowing now to disconnect by a certain time each day. I haven’t determined what time that is, but I’m going to start by not checking my email before I get out of bed. The iPhone makes it so easy. I no longer work in a breaking news setting, so emails can wait. (And truthfully, 90% of the emails I receive overnight are from stores – so they aren’t earth shattering.)
9:00 seems like a good time to unplug, but honestly I don’t know if that gives me enough time in the evenings to do what I need to get done. My toddler goes to bed between 7:30 and 8. Can I get everything done in that hour (if I don’t get it done during the day?) Social media doesn’t need me after 9, I’m sure of that. I need to be better on the weekends. Get things done early in the morning or during nap time – and then shut it down.
Do you find it difficult to unplug from technology?
I’ve been participating in NaBloPoMo this month (I know I haven’t officially announced that, but I’ve been posting every day and trying to come pu with new! fun! thoughtful! posts.) This topic was one of the suggested topics this week. I’m truly interested in your responses though. How do you get everything done and still shut the technology off?