During the week of 9th – 16th September 2011 I experimented by taking my first very mini Digital Sabbatical after reading about Gwen Bell’s experiences.
This coincided with a week holiday mostly by myself in the beautiful town of St Ives:
I really needed a rest and a break from everything digital. I had picked up some bad digital habits, namely checking email and facebook a great deal.
For this week in September I:
- read books
- surfed – the perfect activity for refreshing the mind
- walked around loads
- read dedications to passed loved ones writen on park bench memorials
- ate good food (and a little bad food too!)
- wave watched
- cloud gazed
- drank a few cocktails
- hung out with family
- wrote in my journal a lot
- take my laptop with me
- hit refresh on digital inboxes / streams
- check email much (I disabled all accounts however I did give in 3 times enabling mail on my phone then disabling it each time after)
- create digital work (besides a few notes on my phone to remind me of concepts I wanted to write about)
- browse the web with the exception of reading intentionally Leo Babauta’s two sites, Zen Habits and Mnmlist. Both were simple text only sites / posts.
- do anything that required my laptop to be on
I’m better at using the net. I still think about checking email first thing in the morning, sometimes I do on my laptop, but I try to wait until later on in the afternoon / evening. It’s a work in progress.
I cut most ties with facebook.
There is more space for other stuff like creating and thinking now.