I am a tech head. My phone is always at my side, I spend waaaay too much time on the internet, and I'm the personal 'geek squad' for my neighborhood and friends.
I was off the grid.
My girlfriend and I decided we were spending more time with our tech than we were with each other, so we decided to do a tech-free weekend. No phones, no computers, no internet, just each other.
A good idea, in theory, but it was going to be rough.
We read books. We cleaned the house. We took a walk. We did other things as well. All without playing games on our phones, me checking my blog, or her chatting with her scrap-booky friends all over the world.
We had a productive weekend, and got a lot of things done. It felt good.
1 - If you cut out all the time you waste online or playing with your phone, you have a TON of free time to do productive things. I scratched more off my 'to do' list this weekend than I have in the last three months.
2 - I'm addicted to my tech. There were times at 2am where I wanted to sneak out to my laptop and check my facebook. Or play Words With Friends. It was hard to give up tech for a full 60 hours, but I did it.
She granted one pardon, for the Super Bowl. Honestly, the game was less than spectacular and most of the commercials were 'meh.' I could have probably gone without.
Have you ever gone 'off the grid' like this, just to see if you could, or to see what the result would be?