Posts Tagged ‘offline’

Why and How I’m Practicing Getting Offline

duty_callsYesterday I wrote about a practice in getting offline. I wrote that I am going to work on dramatically reducing the amount of time I’m sitting in front of a computer screen or cell phone. This isn’t a full blown lifestyle change, it is merely practice. Eprise and Justin left some questions on yesterday’s post asking “why” and “how” i was going to practice unplugging.

They “why” is pretty much summed up in this little cartoon from xkcd. I can spend all my day reading and responding to stuff people write on the internet. I can scour facebook, twitter, and blogs all day long and still not keep up with all the dialogue. I wonder if my intense web personality is costing me real life relationships. Could I have a more effective ministry if I unplugged a bit? I believe so. As Mark Ostreicher commented on my last blog post, “yeah, baby! bring on the focus and presence and priorities!” That is exactly why I’m going to practice getting offline.

The “how” part is a little bit more amibious. For one, I am still going to maintain my twitter account, my blog, and my facebook profile. I’m simply going to set strict limits for when I’ll be on them. Early in the morning and in the evening. If there is conversations that I’m missing online, so be it. I hope to spend less than an hour a day online.

A practice in getting offline

I’m going to do a little experiment. I’m going to try to get offline as much as possible. I twitter, have facebook, email, blog reading, and browsing a few random websites can turn into a large chunk of time in front of a computer screen and connected to life online. Marko totally eliminated his online presence and I’ve considered doing it several times, so I’m just going to take a shot at scaling back in pretty big ways.

I’ll still pump out blog content, interact on facebook, and tweet regularly. I’m just going to work real hard at spending less time sitting at my desk looking at my computer screen.

We’ll see how this goes.