A few months ago, my home internet didn’t work for ten days. Since I make a living using the internet, this was a huge problem for me and I tried to get it fixed right away. The company, (whom I won’t name even though they did an abysmal job helping me, but will if you ask), was beyond unhelpful.
But while I was unplugged, I learned something.
I write more, and sometimes better, when I’m not on the internet all the time. I wasn’t distracted by blogs, or Facebook updates. I wasn’t constantly checking to see if it was my turn in “Words with Friends” and I broke the cycle of playing “Angry Birds.”
What’s more is that while I was online, I didn’t check those things as much because I had less time to do what I had to do to make a living.
In short, I was more organized, more proactive and more motivated to get stuff done. I worked like mad on both of my novels (the one I’m editing and the one I’m writing) and I did tons of article research in a limited time frame. It was wonderful.
The Decision to Say No
I’ve been making a lot of decisions lately. I tend to be a bit of a pushover and agree to too much and try to do too much. One of the things I’ve decided recently is that I will take one day every month and not get online. That includes not checking facebook or email. I don’t need it. I can say no. And I’ll be better off for it. I can check it the next day and if someone wants to get in touch with me there’s always the phone.
Part of the reason for that decision is that while unplugged I:
*Spent more time with my husband
*Played more with my puppy
*Exceeded my exercise goals (one hour per day, which includes 20 minutes of yoga and 20 minutes of cardio)
*Edited 50 pages of my novel
*Wrote 42 pages of my novel
*Put together a bunch of blog posts and ideas – they had to be edited and fleshed out, but still
*Wrote 7 awesome query letters
*Watched less television (by default)
All in all, that a third of a month without internet was a good experience for me. That doesn’t mean I want to go through it again.
What does being unplugged do for you? What decisions have you made lately to further your writing? What made you come to those conclusions?