I have no internet! This means a forced digital detox!
The fibre optic equipment that normally brings blistering speeds has died…second time in a couple of years.
Last time it took a week for the technicians to come out and fix it. We are on track for an outage of at least a week this time, based on our conversations with the provider.
Such is life when you are beholden to a land agent that cares more about selling new blocks of land than taking care of the community that already lives there.
Still, I shouldn’t complain…normally I have faster internet than 95% of the Australian population.
As it’s already been out a couple of days, and Hubby & I have maxed our data plans on our phones as well, so tethering is not an option.
I don’t mind the idea of having a quiet weekend of forced digital detox. After all it fits in with my blogging niche. However, I’d prefer it didn’t also fall on my days allocated to working on the blog.
My predicament got me thinking of all of the things I might have liked to have done but couldn’t easily:
- Download new podcast episodes
- Check email
- Sync Google drive
- Sync Evernote
- Access Dropbox
- Update apps
- Backup to iCloud
- Add more pins on my Pinterest boards
- Upload photos to Instagram
- Post in FB groups
- Update my FB page
- See what’s happening in my Twitter feed
- Check the weather
- Create more graphics in Canva
- Sync Adobe Creative Cloud
- Use guided meditations on Insight Timer
- Arm & disarm the house alarm remotely
- Watch Netflix
- Google (yes, that is a verb these days)
- And finally…most importantly…get into WordPress!
At this point you are probably thinking what a great hypocrite I am.
She writes about simple living but she is addicted to technology!
Well…yes, I love technology.
It makes my life easier & therefore simpler.
As long as you use technology mindfully and intentionally, I see no problem with it. Click To Tweet
I have zero games on my phone and IPad.
I educate myself constantly with my use of tech.
I moderate my use of social media. Basically I use it for good not evil.
I thought about what life was like only a couple of decades ago.
I made a list of all of the things that I would have to have carried around with me, to do all the things that I do in an average week with just my iPhone.
- Map (remember the days when you had to buy a new street directory every year or two?)
- Address book
- Phone book (to look up the people or businesses you didn’t have in your address book)
- Walkman (or Discman if you were lucky) with tapes
- Stop watch
- Alarm clock
- Film for the camera
Now that would be a big handbag!
I would have had to have visited a few more places too:
- Public phone booth (some of us were lucky to have an analogue mobile phone)
- My Bank
- Other people’s banks (to transfer money)
- Post Office
- Music store
- Photo lab
- Video store or a cinema
Ain’t nobody got time for that!
And who the hell would be reading what I’m writing unless I had a book deal or was lucky enough to have articles published in magazines.
So, you see things weren’t as easy or as streamlined without the technology we take for granted now.
I have deep gratitude for the freedom & ease that technology brings to my life. Click To Tweet
Part of me has also enjoyed the challenge of trying to work while mobile. I’ve got big dreams of one day travelling the world, running a business with laptop & camera in hand. I had to try out some of these techniques that digital nomads use.
In order to get access to the net this weekend I had to hop from one wi-fi hotspot to another.
Our outage at home also happened to coincide with Telstra providing free wifi all weekend at their shop fronts in conjunction with World Wi-Fi Day as I publish this. This meant finding coffee shops or chairs within range of the signal.
I spent more money on food than I would have raiding the fridge at home. The chairs weren’t comfortable. It was loud, bright & I had too much caffeine. This post is coming to you live courtesy of McDonalds free wi-fi.
I also found the Bluetooth keyboard I’d been eyeing off for 20% off, which I wouldn’t have known about if I hadn’t have left the house. That made writing on the iPad on the go a lot easier. Amen to having the ‘Cmd’ key!
I also welcomed the opportunity to unhook more than I was planning to.
I went outside.
I visited people.
I read more.
I wrote a lot more (I love Google docs offline functionality & coloured pens on unlined paper).
I’m certain it won’t be the last time I do a digital detox. I am hoping next time it will be a time of my choosing, but I’ve learnt that unscheduled off line time can bring about a beneficial reset. Not to mention the deep sense of gratitude at being able to access wi-fi.
Have you ever done a digital detox? Or perhaps thought about how technology has changed so much in a relatively short amount of time?
I’d be keen to hear of your experiences.
From my heart to yours,