Today went much better than expected, unplugging-wise. I was encouraged by everyone who commented. Thank you.
I decided to try the baby steps thing. You know, where you don’t say, “I’m going to make this change, and it’s going to be big, and it’s going to last forever.” Taking a suggestion from one of the articles I linked to, I unplugged for the first hour after I woke up this morning. Okay, maybe I didn’t completely unplug, but I did limit myself to only texts. That’s the way our family frequently communicates, and that’s why we all have phones.
But I didn’t listen to an audiobook, or web surf, or even check email until an hour after I got out of bed. I put on workout clothes, and took the dogs outside. It was a glorious morning: not too cool and not too warm. The dogs had a great time. And you know, it worked out very well. By the time I was allowed to check email, I’d forgotten what time it was, so I stayed off an extra five minutes. Coincidentally, there was not a single email I needed to respond to right away. I love the bit in the article that says you’ve been offline all night, so another hour won’t make much difference.
From there it was relatively easy to stay offline for much of the day. I had lunch with a friend, did some grocery shopping, and came home to write. Unfortunately, all bets were off after dinner. I finally caught up on Facebook, but I also got some more practical things done: I spent some time looking at author photos online, and on Pinterest.
Tomorrow I’m going to stay offline for the first hour of the day. I think that’s a habit I could pretty easily work in.
Next Wednesday, I’m off to St. Louis to have a new author shot taken. I haven’t had a new one in at least 8 years, so it’s time. I’m excited but also nervous. Here are a few headshots I like. This weekend I’ll probably also go out and look for something new to wear in my photo–a top, anyway. Since you won’t see my whole body, I think I’ll get comfy and wear blue jeans for the shoot!