There were no fewer than 15 times where I wanted to check my email, Facebook or my EBay auction. It was so hard to stop reaching for my phone when I saw all the new message notifications piling up.
T was in preschool that morning, and I had the first meeting of my monthly papercrafting club at our local craft store. In the afternoon we all went out for an early family dinner. It was pretty low-key.
We caved around 8:30pm, after the girls were in bed. I was shooting for 24 hours, but couldn't take it anymore.
|Unplugging = more mindfulness|
But even though it was shorter than intended, I did learn something. It was clear how much time I waste on checking email and Facebook multiple times during the day, not to mention mindless Internet surfing because I'm already at the computer. Not doing these things made me feel like I had a LOT of extra "free" time. Unplugging definitely helped me practice my 2013 One Little Word, 'mindfulness'. I was more deliberate about choosing my activities, and it seemed like the day moved a little slower.
TJ was not a fan, since he has few non-computer-related hobbies. But he gamely played along until the girls were asleep.
I plan to unplug at least once a month, and will definitely change my Internet-time-wasting ways as a result. So I'd say that was a successful experiment!