A few days ago, a thought came to my head: it’s time for a digital sabbatical.
I already spend a lot less time on the internet these days compared to a year or five ago. Deleting Facebook (and other sites) left me plenty of room to breathe and I haven’t really been keeping up to date with blogs or anything recently. In fact, I rarely touch my computer these days. I want to cut back even more. Nowadays, most of our internet interactions are on our smart phones — so I especially need to cut back on my phone.
April? It’s digital sabbatical time.
What I will do:
- remove nearly all applications from my phone.
- rarely touch my computer & ignore the internet for a month.
- e-mail. to be checked only on the computer (disabled from phone).
- looking for trailers/land/information for tiny house.
- filling out job applications. it’s all online these days.
- looking up books at the library.
- the occasional need to look up directions on Google Maps.
- iPhone music/Pandora? I am still debating this.
What I am doing instead:
- journaling. I have a small journal in my purse and a recently-purchased journal to write down all my thoughts and observations instead of writing them on Twitter or any other website.
- reading more. I have more books on my to-read list.
- finding places on my own instead of depending on Yelp.
- being outdoors. the weather will be nicer and I need to start my garden.
- listening to the FM radio and my CDs instead of digital music.
- enjoying life like I used to before technology grew!
What I hope to accomplish:
- a better connection with my community.
- a better connection with nature.
- a better relationship with my family and friends.
- a better connection with myself.
- self-reliability. a lower phone and internet dependency.
- a load off my shoulders.
I’ll see you in May. Or June. Or July… 🙂