Unplugged Saturday

I mentioned in my Friday list post that one of my New Year’s Absolutely-Not-A-Resolution (But-Kinda-Is) was to spend one day a week completely offline. Well, I tried it yesterday for the first time…

In a normal day, I spend hours checking and replying to emails, checking Facebook, scrolling through Twitter, refreshing news pages, looking at rugby scores… Even if I’m watching a film or a TV show with my boys, chances are I’m on my smartphone at the same time, giving each half of my attention. Sound familiar to anyone else?

Well, not yesterday.

I went completely cold turkey.

COMPLETELY.

Now, as a smartphone user, this meant pretty much hiding my phone away all day. I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist the little counter at the bottom of the screen telling me there were 15 or whatever new messages to check. I turned off automatic syncing, so the numbers stayed silent, and temptation wouldn’t flash before me.

Then, just to make sure, I turned the ringer volume up and left the phone in a different room.

(I contemplated hiding it under a cushion, but thought that might be going overboard.)

We had no big family things on yesterday – the youngest went a birthday party, the oldest to play with his friends down the road for a couple of hours, the usual weekend parental taxi-ing – but unusually I did get an hour at home to myself. Prime Facebook time…

But I decided to read instead.

Crazy, right?

I’m always complaining that I don’t have time to read, so I thought this was a golden opportunity to put my money where my mouth was.

I’d started Kwame Alexander’s The Crossover the night before… I finished it yesterday afternoon. I can’t remember the last time I got through a book so quickly. The book’s amazing, and a quick read… so there I was, on a Saturday afternoon, in an empty house, crying at the end of a book for the first time in … a very long time.

After tidying myself up, I picked Louis Sachar’s Holes from my reading pile, and started on that… another great choice. I’m halfway through it already, completely hooked.

Better than Facebook anyday.

The flip side of this day offline is (a) not having any phone to distract me while we watched an awful film for Film Night (The Little Vampire)… and (b) having 205 new emails to catch up with on Sunday morning… but an hour on the laptop to focus on those sawΒ to that (and write this post into the bargain).

Batched living. It’s the way forward!

So, it may take me longer to reply to emails and messages, but you know what… it can wait…

Enjoy your Sunday. And whatever your doing, give it your full attention πŸ™‚

 

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Author: Al Lane

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74 thoughts on “Unplugged Saturday”

    1. I think I’ll have to do the same. I’m always complaining about the battery life on my phone – it needs charging every 12 hours, typically – but yesterday it went the whole day and still had 90% left. It’s not just my time and energy that was getting drained!

      1. Yep, unless I have a major splurge on data, WiFi or GPS, I can go days without a recharge. A quick connect to tinternet, check email, blog, Facebook & BBC news and then turn it off again. Stay in control, stay informed & stay powered! πŸ™‚

    1. I think I’ll have to do the same. I’m always complaining about the battery life on my phone – it needs charging every 12 hours, typically – but yesterday it went the whole day and still had 90% left. It’s not just my time and energy that was getting drained!

      1. Yep, unless I have a major splurge on data, WiFi or GPS, I can go days without a recharge. A quick connect to tinternet, check email, blog, Facebook & BBC news and then turn it off again. Stay in control, stay informed & stay powered! πŸ™‚

  1. This is such a fab thing to do – it’s just so easy to get sucked in to checking and rechecking your phone, laptop, iPad whatever, and really, the majority of stuff coming through is not that important, and very rarely urgent. Time to kick back and read more – most definitely. I loved Holes, it’s such a fab read – did you know that there’s also a movie of it? Crossover could be next on the list – thanks Al!

    1. Thanks Zoe. I didn’t know there was a film of Holes – am not surprised though. Will have to keep an eye out for that. Happy to lend you Crossover if you want?

      Hopefully now I’ll be able to actually read (at least some of) the growing pile of books in our house, rather than just finding new places to store them “until I get to them”!

  2. This is such a fab thing to do – it’s just so easy to get sucked in to checking and rechecking your phone, laptop, iPad whatever, and really, the majority of stuff coming through is not that important, and very rarely urgent. Time to kick back and read more – most definitely. I loved Holes, it’s such a fab read – did you know that there’s also a movie of it? Crossover could be next on the list – thanks Al!

    1. Thanks Zoe. I didn’t know there was a film of Holes – am not surprised though. Will have to keep an eye out for that. Happy to lend you Crossover if you want?

      Hopefully now I’ll be able to actually read (at least some of) the growing pile of books in our house, rather than just finding new places to store them “until I get to them”!

  3. So awesome, Al. I usually take Sundays off, but this week took yesterday off instead to visit family, go to a museum and the opera – a whole new experience. The past few Sundays I’ve been using the time to read. The no-technology day gets easier every week. Yes, there are a ton of emails the next day, but it’s worth it. I’m cheering you on. Keep it up πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I think it’s just a case of giving some attention to our quieter interests, and telling the shouty demanding one that it’s just going to have to wait a little longer today!

      Did you enjoy the opera?

  4. So awesome, Al. I usually take Sundays off, but this week took yesterday off instead to visit family, go to a museum and the opera – a whole new experience. The past few Sundays I’ve been using the time to read. The no-technology day gets easier every week. Yes, there are a ton of emails the next day, but it’s worth it. I’m cheering you on. Keep it up πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I think it’s just a case of giving some attention to our quieter interests, and telling the shouty demanding one that it’s just going to have to wait a little longer today!

      Did you enjoy the opera?

  5. Loved Holes! My kids read it in year 7. So I read it along them. Really good book!
    And good job on the cold turkey thing. I’m not quite ready for it πŸ™‚

      1. I need to put more attention on what book I read at any given time. But… I guess it all comes in phases. At the moment, I still need the feedback from blogging πŸ™‚

  6. Loved Holes! My kids read it in year 7. So I read it along them. Really good book!
    And good job on the cold turkey thing. I’m not quite ready for it πŸ™‚

      1. I need to put more attention on what book I read at any given time. But… I guess it all comes in phases. At the moment, I still need the feedback from blogging πŸ™‚

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