Unplugging and Going Offline to Increase Your Life’s Balance

by Melanie Edwards on September 7, 2010 · 2 comments

in life, Wahm


Last week, I unplugged four out of the five weeknights. After 4:30/5 pm, I was off the computer and remained off. One night I was forced to unplug, but that’s another story you can read about on 40weeks Plus. However, what I realized last week was how great unplugging can be. I still think I got lots done – work-wise anyway, not in the home – but, I don’t feel overly spent.

Something else I found myself doing was connecting with my husband in small ways. Nothing major – but, I would catch myself staring at him, admiring the hard work he does to be a good father and husband. I found myself actually missing him and yearning to be near him. It brought back memories of those intense, passionate, and highly emotional days when we were only sixteen and learning to love each other.

Wonderful, isn’t it?

My unplugging continued through the long holiday weekend. I don’t think I opened the laptop more than once over the three day weekend, rarely checked in on email on my phone, and only tweeted once or twice over the weekend. While it wasn’t 100% unplugged, anyone who knows about working from home, especially in social media, knows it really was unplugging compared to a normal day.

And, not surprisingly, my world is not turned upside down. Sure, I have a few more emails to answer than I did on Friday afternoon, but nothing urgent. Yes, I could have gotten ahead on blog writing for this week, but all will not be lost. Instead, I have a weekend full of family time to show for it and many laughs that were shared. If only the house had cleaned itself while we were having fun this weekend…

Very timely, as I was going through my google reader account yesterday, these two posts were there waiting for me to read:

How did you spend your holiday weekend? Did you celebrate Labor Day as I did by taking a day off?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Army Wife 101 September 11, 2010 at 7:07 am

This is a great article and what I needed to read. There are days where im online for 12 or more hrs and while im attentive sometimes I feel like the online social media world gobbles my time. A reminder of off is a good one …Thanks!


modernmami September 17, 2010 at 2:10 pm

It’s so consuming at times, isn’t it?


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