unplugged, an experiment.

Several days ago, Kimba at A Soft Place To Land decided to try stepping away from her computer for a whole day, and invited others to join her.

I completely disregarded the idea at first - I mean, I work on a computer. There's absolutely no way that I can not use one for an entire day.

But the more I thought about it, the more I wondered what it would be like if I actually tried to do it - to spend one day where I only used the computer when I really needed to. Then I wondered how much more I would get done if I refused to turn on the TV as well.

So I decided to give it a try. I would work on my computer and check email, and that was it. No random browsing, no reading blogs, no online games, and no TV.

I kept busy and managed to finish a lot of random things that I've been wanting to do for a while. I was actually surprised at just how much I did get done. So surprised, in fact, that I've decided that I need to make fun time on the computer one of the last things I do during the day, rather than one of the first.

Honestly - by the end of the evening, I was ready to sit down and unwind a bit in front of the TV. And I did, which I guess means that I technically failed the challenge I had set up for myself. But I'm content, because I let other things (including real life) come first.

Now if only I can keep the momentum going...


  1. I am stopping by via ASPTL. You made good use of your time off!

  2. You know, I've thought about this for a while, but whenever I consider actually doing it ... well, I mostly don't. Maybe I should tomorrow.

    Thanks for posting on this and, at least, making me think about it again.


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