Do you consciously set aside offline time, or does it happen whenever it happens?
To ask a blogger/writer this question seems hardly fair, considering how plugged in we are through technology pretty much all through the day 😉
That being said, I have some conscious methods to turn myself away from the online attraction.
- I don’t have a data connection on my phone. Well, I enabled it a long time ago, but haven’t used it as such. And I occasionally enable it for a day, when I am traveling and I need directions.
- I do have wi-fi at home and that is connected at all times to my tablet, my phone and my laptop. I manually turn off the data through the night.
- If you want a number, I suppose I would have to put it down to about 5 hours in a day, that I find myself connected online. This includes 2 hours in the morning, an hour or so in the afternoon/evening and two hours at night, before bed.
- I work from home, plus I teach music, so that takes up a decent chunk of the morning, together with housework thrown in. These also ensure that my time online stays limited.
- Dropping off and picking up Gy from her extra classes in the evening is another method to stay internet-free. You can also factor in cooking, helping with her homework and cleaning up her room as extra benefits.
- At the end of the day, I love catching up on ‘me’ time with my friends every evening. That’s about an hour and a half of absolute interaction with zero- technology. It’s my favourite part of the day!
I do wish I had more time, though, to read more blogs, to catch up on pending tasks, to reply to some e-mails and return some calls.
Sometimes , you can’t have it all.
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