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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Unplugging



Last night I had this overwhelming desire to just tune the world out.  I needed time to myself that didn't communicating with anyone or looking at a bright screen.  I needed to just "be" for a little bit.

I feel like in today's society, we are all so consumed with our smart phones.  (I'm just as guilty.)  My boyfriend once brought it to my attention how much time I spend on my phone when we're together.  Since then, I've made a concentrated effort to keep my phone in my bag when I'm spending time with others.  I've started to see where he's coming from.

About a month ago, I had dinner with friends that I hadn't seen in a while.  I'm not exaggerating when I say that they had their phones in use for over half of the dinner.  What's the point in going to dinner if you're just going to play on your phone the whole time?  Not to mention the disrespect that you are showing to your dinner company. 

Whenever I get a thought for a blog post, I write down what I like to call a "blog blurb" down on a sticky note.  "Blog blurbs" are thoughts that I have that I know I'd like to include in a blog post, but I don't have the time to write it at the moment.  Coincidentally, I found one of these in my desk today, date April 22.  "Spend a little more time putting a pen to paper and a little less time putting fingers to a touch screen."  

Today I challenge you to join me in unplugging each day.  I'm going to aim for at least thirty minutes a day with hopes of extending that to an hour, but do what works for you. So light some candles, meditate, read a book (or be like me and write a book,)  make a craft, write your friend a note to let her know that you're thankful for her- whatever it is that will give you a little break from the outside world!

Do you want to unplug with me?!  How will you unplug?!

XX, 

SS

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40 comments:

  1. I need to do this. I stare at a computer screen all day at work and then my phone when I get home. I think Im going to make a point just to plug my phone up in my bedroom when I get home from work and leave it there. I could use some quality time with my bf and kids!

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    1. I do the same! And often I go home and stare at my computer screen to blog/Netflix/Facebook creep!

      That is a great idea :)

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  2. I agree people are too wrapped up with their smartphones. I've been trying to put my phone away at the end of the night at least 1 hour before I go to sleep and keep my phone in my purse during dinners with family/friends.
    -Alex
    www.monstermisa.blogspot.com/

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    1. That is a really good idea! I may have to try that :)

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  3. I'll join you! I also try to make a conscious effort to unplug. Especially when I am with my husband. For me, it's putting it away and not having it in sight! ;-)

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    1. Yay! I unplugged last night, but it was sad because I did it with my phone sitting right next to me, and I just ignored the notifications. Maybe tonight I will take your advice and unplug with my phone out of sight :)

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  4. Love this!! I just watched that viral video that's been going around about unplugging & it almost made me cry!! I'm just as guilty as everyone else, but the first step is being aware that we're making these mistakes, right? Thank you for the reminder!!

    xo, B
    www.BKCsquared.com

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    1. I saw one of those videos, too! It really made me stop and think / feel like a bad person. Hahaha. And you're right, the first step is awareness! We can do this!!

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  5. I just had my phone die on me for over three hours today. I agree with the unplugging every once and a while. I know I have been off the computer lately, not even blogging. I am usually pretty good about the phone when out to dinner and things like that.

    bmorepreppy.blogspot.com/

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    1. I probably would have died right along with my phone! My attachment to it is almost sickening.

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  6. Ok so this is kind of a sensitive subject for me bc my fiance is a lot older and is constantly on me about how much I'm attached to my tech. I wrote an article about it previously...

    http://www.theajminute.com/2014/03/unplugged.html

    I think there are defineite limits, but at the same time, technology is such a big part of my life.

    Great post :)

    AJ | TheAJMinute

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    1. You make a great point! I don't think I could spend a whole day unplugged (unless I was at a spa or something,) but I definitely do enjoy a little break from the world. I loved your post, as well!

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  7. I'm just as guilty too. It also drives me crazy when I'm out with my friends and they spend most of the time on the phone! Sometime I put my phone in my room when I get home to spend more time with family, but I need to do it more often!

    Kristin
    thedixiedaisy.blogspot.com

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    1. Isn't it annoying?! I agree, I need to do that more often, as well!

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  8. I love this post because it is such a good reminder to unplug. In our family, we are not allowed to use our phones during meals and it has extended when I am eating a meal with girlfriends, boyfriend etc! It really is so important to be present!
    Great post!
    Buggy

    blog.buggydesigns.com

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    1. I love what you said about being present! What a great way to word it :) When having dinner with my dad, we also observe the rule of keeping phones out of site!

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  9. Recently, I have found myself using my phone/computer more than I should. This summer I'm challenging myself to be better about it! I think it's difficult since so many of the social aspects of society revolve around social media, but that still shouldn't be an excuse! Great post!
    laurenroseprep.blogspot.com

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    1. It really is difficult since we live in such a social media obsessed world. Good luck with unplugging some this summer... You've got this!

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  10. I completely agree, we all GLUED to our phones (myself included!) and I really hate it. We need to learn just to be in the moment. Hubby and I have a no electronics rule in the bedroom and during our dinner dates. Over the summer I implement a no electronics day into our weekly schedule. Adults included. Most of the time it really encourages us to be creative and I love it.

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    1. That is a great idea... Start them young :)

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  11. I think that is an excellent idea and probably something we all need!

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  12. This is one of my biggest pet peeves, and I've found my parents are guilty of it too! During the school year I feel like a lot of my free time is spent online, but now that I work all day on a computer, my eyes just want a break when I get home. I wish I had more time to be unplugged and in the moment!

    Vanessa

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    1. I agree! I sit at a computer and answer phones all day, so I feel you on wanting to get away from it!

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  13. Love this! I've been making an effort to put my phone in my purse around 7:00pm each night, and not look at it till the next morning. I used to sleep with my phone next to my bed, and use it as an alarm clock. I honestly think my sleep has improved so much since I stopped doing this! I also downloaded the Unicef Tap Project app: "The Unicef Tap Project challenges you to see how long you can go without something far less vital than clear water-your cell phone." Check it out!

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    1. I started using it a few nights ago... Isn't it amazing?!

      That is a great idea... Maybe I'll break out the alarm clock my momma bought me a few years ago instead of relying on my cell phone :)

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  14. I totally agree with you and understand! I've written a few posts about my frustrations with society's difficulties unplugging. Even as bloggers, we need to take breaks and just enjoy the moment!

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    1. I agree... I feel so guilty when I take a few days off to relax!

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  15. I need to make more of an effort to unplug. Thank you for doing a post on this topic!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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    1. I am trying to do a little bit each night, and it really seems to be helping.... Today I lost my phone at work, and I honestly couldn't tell you how long it was gone for!Thank you for your kind words :)

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  16. You must have chatted with my husband...he gets after me all the time to get off my phone. You are so right about taking sometime each and everyday to unplug! Thanks for a reality check love!! xoxo

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    1. Oh goodness, sounds like he would be best friends with my boyfriend! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  17. I definitely need to do this!! My husband has instituted no phone Friday nights...I feel like his daughter with the rule but he's right!!

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    1. That is a great idea! I'm going to try that out...Thanks for the idea :)

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  18. Such a great challenge! Sometimes I forget my phone at home, and it's surprisingly nice! I need to do that more often!

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    1. You are stronger than I am, girlfriend! I would probably have to turn around and re-do my commute. I aspire to be more like you!

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  19. It's too true sadly. Pre blog I never felt the need to be so connected and now I have a hard time putting my phone down.

    www.highheelsandtutus.com

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    1. I understand the feeling. I didn't desire to be so connected until I began blogging as well.

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  20. This is so true! I often need to remind myself to put the damn iphone down! It's so hard to disconnect these days

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    1. Haha, seriously! Today I left mine on silent in my purse during lunch and of course I missed something important... Finding a balance is so tricky. Maybe we will figure it out eventually!!

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