I’ve spoken a few times about how important I feel it is to switch off completely and even chucking my phone in a drawer come 8pm. Seriously, most nights, this is its designated bedtime. Last week, though, I had a little unexpected digital detox imposed upon me by internet provider problems.
At first I found the five days of unpredictable connection infuriating, because as a freelancer, I need to be able to get online instantly. Work revolves around email, social media and blog posts. As timing would have it, my mobile data package had also reached its limit, literally forcing me to take a break during moments I couldn’t access social media and emails.
Becoming less available can be such a good thing, and in life, I do like to take a breather. As someone who makes a living from the internet I’d never slam it completely, however, apps, email and social media don’t need to be our sole method of dialogue.
I deleted WhatsApp in February, acutely aware that old fashioned text is much more my thing. Staying in touch with friends and family is important, but juggling a million modes of communication can be a bit suffocating at times. Streamlining this means everyone can still get hold of me, I’ve just turned down the technology noise.
Anyway, after a few days with dodgy internet signal, I feel calmer and more relaxed, stepping off the social media carousel momentarily. I’m back in business now and the pause for thought, as it always does, gave me a little perspective. Being present is so crucial, and I’m forever guilty of trying to do too many things at once.
Much less frazzled for the time being, I’d rather the internet peeps didn’t leave me high and dry at short notice again, BUT, I’m grateful for a little space to just be. How do you occasionally step away from the day to day din?