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How much of the day are you plugged in?

 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.


It’s Day 19

This post is my contribution to

   NaBloPoMo November 2013
Categories: Yeah Write

Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


deborah quinn · November 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Turn off the internet…we talk about doing that – and I know we would all benefit from something that seems like such a “drastic” act but….I swear, I'm the one who is most resistant! I have an addiction…

Shailaja V · November 20, 2013 at 3:12 am

Double-edged sword, isn't it? Can't live without it and really wish we could 'live' along with it. Ah…

Scattered Mama · November 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm

I have periods of addiction where I itch to login as often as I can, and then there are periods when I completely shut-off! But also, maybe that's part of the personality….tend to do that with everything I take up!

Shailaja V · November 24, 2013 at 2:23 am

I can absolutely relate to that! Are we exhibiting addiction and withdrawal symptoms?!

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