not available

Last weekend I was offline.  I didn’t tweet.  I didn’t even check my twitter stream.  I did not even go on Facebook or check any email.  The closest thing I came to using the computer was seeing how the weather was going to be.

In today’s age of  “always being available” I found this past weekend to be refreshing.  And busy.

Now I was anxious.  But only a little.  I have an event that happens in less that one month and there are people who are counting on me.  But they all have my phone number.

So what did I do that kept me busy?

  1. I watched almost every Thomas The Tank Engine and Bob The Builder dvd and vhs we have with my son.  And we do have alot of videos/dvds.
  2. I read a few stories from Malcolm Gladwell’s “What The Dog Saw”.
  3. I took afternoon naps.
  4. We fed ducks at Harbourfront.
  5. We celebrated my sister’s birthday at her cool downtown condo.  (She cooks a great green curry something or the other. Really.)

So, I know it’s only Tuesday afternoon.  But why not “schedule” to be offline this weekend.  It doesn’t have to be this weekend.  I’m just suggesting to keep the smartphone in your desk (or at least data free) and your laptop powered down.

You’ll be amazed to see how much you can accomplish and how free you can be when you’re “not available.”

I would love to hear your thoughts on unplugging yourself.  Has anyone ever tried it recently?

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  • Aneez

    With ‘scheduled’ tweets and delayed facebook postings etc one can effectively be ‘offline’ and appear online at the same time!

    Aneez

  • do you think you will be unplugged again this weekend?

  • Shamir

    I think if one has to ‘schedule’ time to unplug, then something is vastly wrong in the first place.

    When I’m in a social setting, I try hard not to utilize social media, after-all, why need media when you have a room of people in front of you, right?

    In other news, we both referenced the song “Black” by pearl Jam for two completely different reasons. I didn’t even see your post until today…kinda freaky…

    • @shamir – remind me to remind you about this next time I get tweets from you during hockey games or while playing with your 2 adorable sons! 😉

      • Shamir

        Like I said, “I try hard”.

        I’ve got no problem bring in Social Media to share a fantastic experience that I’m having with my family, friends, etc…I was doing that before social media anyways with my love of photography and video and this is an extension for me and an easier way to share.

        Where I think it’s a bit pretentious is when Social Media gets in the way of an experience.