Unplugged Weekend Reflections:Notes from the underground after spending the weekend (Friday PM to Monday AM) disconnected from the internet1. The reflex to check my email when I open up my phone is strong. But it actually is REALLY nice to get a break from those endless updates.2. I was definitely more in tune with A&C overall, and I think the total focus helped. They were really good and fun to be with.3. Everything somehow felt less frenetic. Less multitasking, perhaps? The day passed more slowly and somehow felt a little more full.4. Reading books feels much more rewarding than reading . . . listicles. Or even checking out links from sites that I like.5. It is REALLY healthy for me not to be looking at work email on the weekends. On the rare instance that my on-call colleague needs me (ie, something important going on with one of my patients), she’ll call. 6. I am much less likely to SHOP/BUY THINGS when not online! Duh. Honestly, I didn’t miss my phone or the internet one bit. I am even shocked to find that I really don’t miss Instagram. I do feel like there are reasons, in this day and age, to stay connected on social media. But letting go does provide a very interesting dimension into how NON-essential those connections start to feel when they are gone. I am not in any way saying I don’t love my friends or family members that I was ‘seeing’ on Instagram. But maybe I don’t need to see as much of everyone else as I thought I did.Things I did use my phone for: – taking pix
– buying movie tickets (not sure if that was ‘allowed’ but it did make it much easier to check into Beauty and the Beast as a party of 11)- calling Josh- logistics texts (no conversational texting though)- google maps (I use this every day to avoid traffic and it does help)- playing music (Pheobe Bridgers & Beauty and the Beast soundtrack, on the way to the movie!) STATS:Time spent, according to Moment app, on my phone: Saturday – 25 minutes; Sunday – 10 minutesEmails in my inbox on Monday morning: Home – 47 (very few important); Work – 10 (none important)Page of books read: Maybe 75?TV shows watched: 1Do I want to do this again? ABSOLUTELY YES.