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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.

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It’s Day 19

This post is my contribution to



   NaBloPoMo November 2013

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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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