unplugged report!

March 27, 2017

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.




  • Reply Marcia (OrgQueen) March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I used Moment for awhile too and I was horrified at how much I was using my phone.

    I may want to download it again just to check 🙂

    You are doing awesome!!! (but I miss seeing your lists on Instagram :))

  • Reply Young March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I was inspired by your post and tried this, too. I agree… being unplugged does make the day feel so much fuller and slower paced. Will definitely repeat next weekend. Thanks for the idea!

  • Reply Brittnie March 10, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    Super inspiring and I am def going to try this this upcoming weekend.

    What I love the most is "3. Everything somehow felt less frenetic. Less multitasking, perhaps? The day passed more slowly and somehow felt a little more full." NEED THIS.

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