LIFESTYLE: My Rules and Tips for Really Unplugging


I find it really depressing these days that if you have a job of any kind, you need to specify to colleagues and clients if a vacation is a vacation that you will be checking emails, or voicemail. The expectation that you need to let people know if you have an Internet connection or are within network range, and time frames in which you will be online is really sad. The expectation of all of us to be accessible anywhere and anytime because of technology is not only unsustainable, it is just plain crazy town for our culture. Europe has it right, where all of them go on holiday pretty much the whole month of August. Our culture and our health cannot sustain the amount of stress and work that is expected of all of us 24/7-especially when even our vacation time isn't even a vacation any more.

So for me, one week out of my vacation time we have been going somewhere that is pretty much off the grid. We have no wifi and no phone network, and we are happy to do it. And to really unplug, I put rules down for myself which may help you unplug too. I found that this recent week was so relaxing, so happy, and felt so long! I know the lack of technology allowed for a slower paced, lazier week (the whole point of a vacation!)

Source: docsgeneralamusements
Here were my week's rules:
No use of the smart phone except to take photos
No phone calls, texts or emails, especially when we were within network ranges
No to-do lists (I brought projects and things to do, but I forced myself to not make a to-do list about any of them for the week. If I felt like doing something, then I did it. Otherwise, projects stayed in the box.)
Minimal TV, except for old movies ( I feel like old movies are within relax rules for me, it's a guilty pleasure I don't get at home)
Only paper books, no Kindles or tablets


Here is a daily log (and confessions) of my week of unplugged bliss. Maybe this gives you some ideas on things to do to unplug yourself, even for a weekend, so you can attack the world again strong on the other side. With labor day this weekend, maybe give unplugging a try for a few days, start the last quarter of the year fresh?

Day 1:

colored in my coloring book
puzzled
30 min walk in the woods
read my book
boat ride
flipped through food magazines for food ideas for the week
sunset boat ride and fishing
read myself to sleep
confession: weather check on iPhone for storms

Day 2:

colored in my coloring book
puzzled
began journaling
visited farmer's market
baked a peach pie with farm fresh peaches
made dinner
read
sunset boat ride and fishing
hubby and I cranked on our puzzle until bedtime
read myself to sleep
confession: epicurious app for recipe idea
weather check on iPhone for storms

Day 3:

journaled
played "Watchamadrawit" with my daughter
transcribed recipes in my journal for blogging later
watched the lake, had coffee
30 min. walk in the woods with my daughter
watched old movies while coloring
sunset boat ride and fishing, played "Crack The Case" with my daughter
hubby and I finished our puzzle
read myself to sleep

Day 4:

puzzled
read on the beach
visited farmer's market
explored town, visited a used book shop and thrift shops
watched old movies while coloring
read
sunset boat ride and fishing
hubby and I started a new puzzle
read myself to sleep

Day 5:

puzzled
read on the deck with coffee
baked berry bar cookies with berries from the farm
town excursion for dinner
read
transcribed recipes in my journal for blogging later
sunset boat ride and fishing
campfire, s'mores and star watching
read myself to sleep
confession: facebook for 5 minutes, epicurious app for a bar crust recipe idea

Day 6:

baked berry muffins with berries from the farm
finished my book
family outing shopping in town down main street
transcribed recipes in my journal for blogging later
finished our second puzzle
30 min. walk in the woods
watched old movies while coloring
storm watching at night on the porch
packed the cottage
read myself to sleep
confession: weather app for the storm alert

Day 7:
Cried, packed up the cottage and went back to civilization with a fresh mind and a fresh outlook!



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