Digital Sabbatical

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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.

RPM Unplugged

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.

 

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Comments

  1. Jennie D. says

    With a planned hike at Lake Hope tomorrow, I will take this challenge! Thanks for the motivation!

    • Renea Morris says

      I’m happy you’ll be able to enjoy the outdoors. I’m planning to do something with nature, too! One of the things I’m going to do is get my vegetable beds ready for planting. Since the snow has melted, I can finally see my deck again!

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