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Improve Your Life by Unplugging This February

02 February 2018
You know you should unplug, but lack the motivation to actually do it. Here are 4 reason why you should and a challenge to give you the push you may need. You only get one life, you may as well experience it. Be present today!

In the summer of 2008 I moved across the country to start a new chapter of my life in my grandparent's basement in Utah and it ended up being one of the best things I have ever done

At the time my grandparents had dial-up internet. I could read a chapter in a book in the time it took Facebook to load. I still had a flip-phone that could only be used for text messages and phone calls.

I knew no one except for them and a handful of other relatives. School wouldn't start for three months and I wouldn't have a job for two of those months.

I had nowhere to be and really nothing to do, yet somehow it ended up being one of the best summers of my life.

I discovered the value of unplugging that summer and am working hard this month to rediscover the lessons learned.

Why should you unplug this February?


1 | To reconnect with the world around you.

While you go through your day pay attention to how often regular life has to compete with your gadgets for your attention. How often do you reach for your phone for one thing only to lose large chunks of time?

It's a problem.

When we consciously work to lessen distractions and obstacles that are preventing us from being truly present then we have the time and energy to pay attention. When we can't hide behind a screen then we can get to know the people around us.

2 | Life will feel simpler. 

There is something about being plugged in that makes me feel like I need to be going, going, going all of the time. However, there is something to be said about taking some downtime and enjoying the quiet.

Unplugging lets me slow down. I don't have to keep up with anyone or anything. There is suddenly room for ideas to flow.

3 | You will have more time.

I waste a lot of time when I'm plugged in. It feels productive at the time. I learned about chickens! Then I realized I also wanted to learn about this! Have I paid my bills? How much are we spending on such and such. How is it midnight?! It's a major time suck.

Plan what you will do with this time! Will you spend it by pursuing a hobby that you have never had time for? Will you play with the kids for 10 extra minutes? Will you read that book you have had on your shelf for years?

4 | Joy is easier to find.

There is one particular moment that stands out in my mind. I was just driving along and happened to really look at the mountain in front of me. I swear I had never seen a more beautiful sight. It was such a simple thing that brought me so much joy.

I didn't need to instagram it, I just needed to experience it.  

As much as I love social media and all of these cool gadgets, I find that they consistently remind me of what I lack. When I'm unplugged I have less to compare my life to and I begin to realize that my life is pretty stinking great. 

You know you should unplug, but lack the motivation to actually do it. Here are 4 reason why you should and a challenge to give you the push you may need. You only get one life, you may as well experience it. Be present today!


My plan this month is to unplug for each weekend in February. Unplugging for my family will mean phones in a basket out of reach. Computers will be turned off, with the exception of recipes for dinner. I'm looking forward to 8 days to just be present without all of the noise and I so hope you'll join me! 

Do you think there is value in scheduling in designated unplugged time?
What would you do with that extra time?
Any tips to detox from social media?

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