This past week my husband took a week off work, a whole week. If you know my husband at all and how incredibly hard he works..all the time, you know what a big deal this is. The even bigger deal is that he didn’t answer his phone, his email or any work related texts. In fact, he barely even looked at his phone or iPad (except to read) all week. Impressed?
And I told him so. And after I finished telling how impressed I was with his total ability to unplug, he asked me if I’d ever be able to do the same.
No internet, no texting, no checking sales numbers, no…nothing?!
He of course didn’t think I could do it. And I’ll be honest, I also was pretty skeptic with my own abilities to totally detach from the online world. But, if there’s anything I like, it’s a challenge. So…Friday night, I posted the following Facebook status
24 hours? Piece of cake.
So how did I do? Well…I did it. There really wasn’t any question that I would. Seriously, give me a challenge…I dare you.
But, I’ll be totally honest and tell you that there were a few times that I was very tempted to give in. What I realized from this little experiment is that, sure, I can do it. But I really didn’t like it. And that for me is the problem.
On my unplug day, there was one thing in particular that caught my attention. Every single time I passed by the spot where I keep my phone plugged in, I stopped to check it. Of course on Saturday it was turned off so there was nothing to check, but on a normal day there’s always something to read or respond to and I was shocked at just how often I looked at my phone.
As the day went on, I couldn’t help but wonder what was waiting for me in my inbox. Was there something major I was missing? What if I got that life changing email that I absolutely needed to respond to? What if someone was texting me some vital piece of information that I absolutely had to read?
Turns out, none of that happened. Of course it didn’t and after my twenty-four hours of being unplugged was up and I logged in again, it struck me. Most of that stuff could wait. I don’t really have to tend to every little ding and beep as they come in, do I?
As it turns out…no, I don’t.
So did I learn something from my day of pulling the plug? Of course. I learned that I really didn’t like the feeling of being out of touch but that there is definitely room for improvement in the way I handle my technology and I am going to make a conscious effort to ignore my phone and all the little noises that it makes, a little more often. I may not want to unplug completely, but I do recognize that it’s okay to step back.
What do you think? Are you too plugged in? Do you think you could totally unplug?