Can you do it?
Can you go a week with no Internet, no cell phone and no television? Does it scare you?
It scares me.
That’s why I’m doing it.
I want to reset my screen time. I want to cut the chord to electronic devices. I want to see how much I rely on my computer, iPod and television to entertain me and distract. I want to live more.
Will you join me?
No cell phone.
Answers to Your Excuses
I have to be online for work.
That’s acceptable. Just commit to not bringing work home with you and not checking personal email or social media accounts while at work.
If you’re self-employed I double dog dare you to create a week of work for yourself that is offline and remove yourself from social media. Your business will not fail from a week with no Twitter updates. Sort some file cabinets, do those accounting projects you’ve been putting off, grab some work related books from the library and work by pen and paper. Take a step back and see what happens.
I can’t do a whole week. I will go insane.
If you’re scared to commit to seven days I understand. Could you do three or four? The Big Unplug runs through a long weekend for most people. Commit to Friday through Monday or Saturday through Monday. The goal is to challenge yourself, not torture yourself.
How do I prepare for this?
Fill up your week.
Plan social engagements, have some home projects at the ready and break out some board games in the evening. Make sure you have a public phone book at the ready and your address book handy for old fashioned land line phone calls.
Let your friends and family know you’ll be offline for the week and remind them what your home number is. Change the message on your cell phone to let people know you won’t be checking messages and that they can call you at home.
Now, go and sign up at the little box to the right of this page. I want to see 1000 people to commit to this project either for the full seven days or three or four.
If you’re a blogger I will have a post up on Wednesday April 11th about my experience with The Big Unplug. I will include a linkshare button so we can all share posts about the experience.
The Big Unplug Button – show your commitment!
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