A couple of weeks ago I decided to forgo all internet until after lunch, every day of the week.
The idea was brought about by many influences – wanting to engage with the trolls more, wanting to create and move more, a movement towards simplicity in our family life, and a recognition of information stress causing me problems.
The move was also part of a wider family shift that’s been ongoing for a few years now, but has sped up since the arrival of Troll No.4 earlier in the year – and it comes on the back of getting rid of our chairs, installing a hanging bar, getting rid of our TV and going vegan.
So – an update. How’s it been since? Well, at first it was annoying how often I had to stop myself from checking email or pinterest on my phone – All. The. Time. But that lasted only a couple of days.
Suddenly, I found that my mornings seemed to have elongated by a few hours. I’ve been getting more done than ever before, without any feeling of rush or stress, as well as feeling generally more active and less inclined to remain sitting all morning.
For example, this morning I’ve mad ratatouille for breakfast, changed the beds, put away the washing, done some stretching and hanging with the trolls to music, had a quiet 1/2 hour with No.4 and a cup of tea while I fed her, backed up my phone, booked appointments for later in the week, done some journaling, called my mum and written this blog post. And it’s only 11:55!
Lesson One from this experiment: technology eats time.
(PS: Obviously, I didn’t post this post during that time – that would have involved the internet. Nope, I wrote it with that ancient tech called a pen.)