I discovered that a special annual day started by nonprofit organization, Reboot, calls for a “National Day of Unplugging” beginning at sundown today. According to an article in CNN Tech, “Participants are encouraged to put away their phones, tablets, laptops and other Internet-connected doodads from sunset Friday to sundown Saturday for a digital sabbath. The time might instead be used for quiet reflection, communing with nature, reconnecting with family or friends, focusing on a project and even getting a rare, uninterrupted night’s sleep.” Because it is only a day, it can’t really be called a sabbatical but I believe there are ways to incorporate the ideals behind a digital sabbath into a longer term proposition. In fact, I signed up to get tips on how to do this on the “National Day of Unplugging” website.
Earlier this week I talked about a 12-hour “digital sabbatical” that I found myself taking without any forethought about it. I discovered that it enabled me to enjoy fewer distractions at work, which yielded more production because I was able to focus more intently on each moment. Remember my after-breakfast glow? The last couple of mornings have been wonderful with with soft jazz undertones and uninterrupted conversations. Because of the success of my impromptu “Sans iPhone Day,” I decided to give the “National Day of Unplugging” a try. I took the pledge online and uploaded a selfie that includes the reason I chose to unplug.
Based on sundown times for today and tomorrow, the total time of unplugging will be 24 hours, 1 minute, with sunset at 6:27 p.m. today and 6:28 p.m. tomorrow. The fact that the days are getting longer is hopeful. Sunny days and warmer temperatures are on the horizon, making the extra minute of sabbatical worth it.