Spending time offline
If you’re a regular visitor, then you may recall that I took a week offline at Christmas. I was interested to see how it would make me feel and to be honest, I’m always up for a challenge!
It was difficult at first – cutting out any habit can be tough, especially when it’s so ingrained in everyday life. I noticed myself continually reaching for my phone, searching for connection or entertainment. However, as time went by, my desire to check my phone eased, leading me to several benefits:
1. I had more time
2. My mind was less busy
3. My life felt a little lighter
4. I felt more present in my everyday life
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The time away gave me the space to reflect on my relationship with the online world. I could consider what I was consuming and whether it was adding value to my life. In addition to this, the quiet freedom enabled my creativity to blossom, and the extra time gave me the space to plan. It was quite a liberating experience!
Don’t get me wrong, I love the digital world, without it, I couldn’t have built a creative business or met so many like-minded folk. But I also see the value in switching off because it enables us to fully connect with the world or more importantly ourselves.
I plan to take the long Easter weekend off along with Cristina Colli, Gabrielle Treanor, Amanda Start of The Online Stylist and Kathryn Sharman of Kat Got the Cream. I’m looking forward to some uninterrupted time with my family, long country walks, curling up on my sofa with a good book and watching old films.
If you fancy some time out, why don’t you join us? And please feel free to share what you got up to using the hashtag #enjoytimeoffline. I hope you have a wonderful and restful Easter break.