Friday, February 11, 2011

Media fast

I've had this idea floating around in my head for a while now: take a break from the internet and TV to unplug from all the excess... everything... and reconnect with the most important parts of my life: family, writing, faith, creativity.

Suddenly, the opportunity has presented itself in the form of our imminent disconnection from our satellite service, which happens next week. I think March may well be the perfect month to take a break from technological distractions and focus on really being present with my kids, and maybe even making a dent in that stack of half-completed projects languishing in corners around my house. Then in April I can do NaPoWriMo without feeling like my life is careening out of control.

I'm not sure if I can go completely cold turkey; I use email in lieu of the phone for a lot of what I consider necessary communication with family, friends and acquaintances. Hmmm. Gotta spend some time figuring out how to make this happen, instead of finding reasons it won't work. Jim's suggestion is to set aside a certain time each day to do email and limit it to just then, which I think is a good option in keeping with the spirit of a fast.

I've just been feeling lately like my immersion in an alternate reality--especially the internet--is way out of proportion. It's time to hit the RESET button.

2 comments:

Super Happy Girl said...

I am not even going to say I'd like to do this. The other day I had to leave my phone at Sprint so they could do software update, for three hours my life felt incomplete :( how lame is that?
So good for you :)

aubrey said...

ah! i love this katie. in fact, i am part of a 90 day goal group and have committed to every SATURDAY being completely tech free. it is pretty awesome and a fantastic way to prepare me for the sabbath. i would normally do sunday as tech free but we skype with grandparents and call grandparents and i catch up on the family blog {family history} on that day so saturday it is. i am pro the tech free movement and reconnecting with what is most important in our lives.