This month I've been inspired by Sarah at The SHU Box to do an "Unplugged30" challenge to drastically cut back on the amount of time I spend idly browsing online. I wrote a little bit in this post last fall about how frustrated I've become at my default habit of picking up my phone to check email, FB, and IG whenever there is a two minute pause in life. Not to mention how often I spend much more than two minutes scrolling randomly through the internets while feeding Abel. HERE are Sarah's rules for her Unplugged30 challenge, which just finished up today. And here are the rules I'm going to follow for the month of March.
1) No Facebook or Instagram
2) No internet shopping. [Gasp!] This coincides with another resolution I've made to not buy any new clothes until April 15th.
3) My phone is to be used for phone calls and texting only. OK, I'm on the fence about whether I should take photos with my phone or not. I love having lots of photos of the kids, and I know I will cherish my Shutterfly albums more and more with each passing year. But, I hate the fact that my first response whenever the kids are doing anything remotely cute is the grab my phone to take a photo. And I wonder sometimes what effect it has on the children of today to be perpetually center stage. If I want to take a photo, I should pull out the real camera. Using the phone camera to me is a gateway drug to checking my email, FB, IG, etc.
4) I do enjoy reading blogs, so I'll continue that, but in one designated session per day (on my real computer) rather than randomly throughout the day.
Why am I doing this? In an attempt to be more present in my daily life. And because I feel that we are losing the ability to tolerate, let alone appreciate, moment of stillness in this increasingly fast-paced world. Lately, when I've been feeding Abel, I have put the phone aside, or turned off the TV, and found an unexpectedly peaceful, rather than the boredom I was so desperate to alleviate.
What do you think? Does anyone want to join me? Maybe just for a day?