Recently our internet went out, leaving us without access to the web for four days. Now, we rely on the internet for a lot, banking, TV, my job, and this blog. So this left us all a little frazzled. I was forced to go to the library and families homes to get my work done. Throughout the process of getting the internet fixed, I learned a few things about myself, and my reliance on the web. Here are 3 Truths I learned being forced to unplug!
I am Addicted to the Internet
I had realized this before when I went through the unwired challenge. Luckily, it is not as bad as it once was, but I still found myself getting frazzled, and a little grumpy. I realized all the things I miss while I’m glazed over on the web. Like a clean(er) house, I actually completed my daily cleaning list, every day! Also, I miss out on things like playing with my kids. While our internet was out, we played board games, soccer, took walks, and rode the 4 wheeler. Now, do I do those things most days anyway? Yes! However, many times my eyes are also checking my iPhone.
I Still Spend WAY too Much Time on My iPhone
Within the first 24 hours, I had reached my data limit on my phone. I hadn’t realized how much time I still spend on my iPhone. Pinterest, email, and Facebook are all checked from my phone throughout the day. Without access to wifi, I wasn’t able to check them as often. While I need to be able to check email for work, I don’t need access to all those other distractions. Quite often throughout the 4 days, I didn’t even know where my phone was. Without the internet, I didn’t need it, and honestly, I didn’t miss it as much as I thought I would. What does this mean? That I can survive without my smart phone ! I need to get back in the habit of leaving it off and on the kitchen counter.
I spend more time working than I realized
I try to set aside designated work hours for freelancing, and this blog. I set my personal maximum at 15 hours. I track this and reach it every week, what I didn’t realize is how much time I had spent doing link ups, and checking emails for work. This time had not been tracked, and when I didn’t have the ability to do these things I realized how much more time I had. I need to remember that work hours are just that-work hours! When my husband leaves his job that’s it, he is off work and engaged with his family. That is how most jobs are, but when you work from home, it is SO hard to find that balance. This is just one of the many areas of time management I still struggle with
So, where do I go from here? My internet is back on and in full force. I am proud to say the phone has been down a little more, I am trying to do better at checking work emails during my work hours, and the internet addiction…I’m not sure. Maybe I should read Unwired again!