The first year we stayed in the cabin I spent hours at the library daily, I was bored and felt like I couldn’t be away from Facebook and my online games for too long. We rented movies and had the TV on most of the day. Slowly each year I was able to pull away from the electronics little by little and really enjoy the quiet and the company of our other guests.
This year the TV never went on, I went to the library once to check email and Facebook messages, I spent a total of 20 minutes. I resisted the urge to look at my large number of notifications. I came home from this trip feeling refreshed, rested and calm. I wasn’t in a hurry to plug back in.
Here are some of the actions I’m working into my life:
Start your day with a daily ritual: spend a few moments doing something that will center you for the day, meditation, prayer, yoga, or what ever feels right to you before you reach for your electronic devices. Spend at least 10 minutes each morning, and work up to 30 or 60 minutes.
Set a time to turn it off in the evening: Try to make this a set time each night. I keep a note pad nearby for all those thoughts that come to me as I start to relax, the ones that would have me jump on to the computer to make a comment or look something up.
Take a day off: This can be a real challenge for those that run home businesses. I don’t answer emails or most calls on Sundays. If once a week is too much, then start with once a month.
How long can you unplug? Give it a try.