My 48-Hour Power Down

Filed as Guides on August 5, 2009 5:36 am

I’m proud of myself. For 48 consecutive hours I survived without the Internet. It wasn’t easy.

As a product of the hyper-connected digital age, giving up my computer and pocket-sized device for an “extended” period of time, wasn’t an easy decision. But given my recent bout of blogger’s block, and an increasingly alarming inability to stop the simultaneous tape recorders in my head, I knew it was time to power down. And you know what? I have a hunch it was the best 48 hours I’ve spent in quite some time.

I’d love to tell you that I spent my unshackled hours meditating in Nepal or performing hot yoga, but I did not. Instead, I just lived my life, the way I live it everyday – minus the Internet.

I discovered that one of my biggest trouble spots was when I found myself waiting. Whether it was for a table at a restaurant, online at the market, or sitting in traffic, apparently, my instinct is to reach for my phone. Crutch uncovered. In fact, I’ve come to recognize that it’s these waiting periods when I over-communicate. That is to say I’ll make a superfluous call, text or Tweet. From here on in, I’m going to use these stalled periods of time to brainstorm for future blog posts. I’ve already employed this tactic several times with great success.

As a double bonus, when I returned to “civilization,” it was cool to find a full inbox and clear mind waiting for me.

It’s not a revolutionary thought to tell you to step away from the game in order to secure a win,, but a reminder never hurts. And I plan to make these computer respites more frequent. I’ll keep you posted how it goes.

How often do you step away from the Internet? Have you found a brief break to be useful to your blog?

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  1. By Hilmy posted on August 5, 2009 at 9:03 am
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    Hmm good for you.

    Me? So far no day was without being connected. It makes me nervous not knowing what comes up in the email or the net? Yeah, that’s what we call addiction!

    I am sure it’s getting more and more difficult to be ‘disconnected’ while new ways to connect are invented every other day..

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  2. By Zen @ ASUS Eee PC posted on August 5, 2009 at 7:22 pm
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    You survibed!!!! I have like 2 backup internet connections at all times!

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  3. By threeundertwo posted on August 5, 2009 at 8:20 pm
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    I take 24 hour breaks, which is about as much as my brain can bear to be away from my facebook addiction. I tend to start to see things in a new way and come back to my blog with new ideas and energy.

    I also often take writing breaks now to go and read other blogs. I used to be a better visitor and I find a lot of inspiration and food for thought as well as renewed sense of purpose when I take time to catch up on my favorites.

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  4. By Shaon posted on August 16, 2009 at 10:38 pm
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    LOL… I’ve a genrator and a UPS parallel with regular electricity conn also 1 alternative internet conn. It’s my life :D

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