That one little word, that one big thing, every once in a while, will make a huge difference. A difference in our mood, a difference in our productivity, and a difference in the relationships that are right in front of our nose, clamoring for our attention.
Perhaps one unplugged day or even an evening a week, or one hour a day? Maybe leaving the phone at home when you go to the park with the kids? Or even leaving it in the car? It may be helpful to even set a timer during the day. Give yourself 10 minutes of online time for every 50 minutes of productivity.
We all have different situations. I still don’t have a smart phone, so I am completely unplugged when out and about. No kudos to me, though. I keep my laptop handy (too handy!) at home. I used to read books while nursing my babies. Now I tweet/facebook/skype/blog/work/browse the internet while nursing (when I’m not reading to or playing with the little guy).
It’s not a bad thing, having access to all sorts of people and information. I was grateful the other day that I could look up a recipe, chat with friends across the country, and order TP (with a coupon!) to be delivered to my door all with a few clicks of the keyboard. It’s fabulous! It’s simply not necessary, and maybe not all that good for us, to have access to, well, everything at all times!
One of the things I’m working on in my own Fresh Start is to unplug more often. My family is worth it. I’m worth it.
Do you have a strategy for unplugging on a regular basis? What works for your family? (The kids, too! Mine are getting older and we’ve had to work on boundaries.)