I needed time out.

It’s been a tough week.

I decided to disappear for a day, I know in the grand scheme of things a day isn’t much but for someone who is constantly online whether it be thinking of new blog ideas, taking photographs, uploading memories into Instagram or giving Twitter updates it was a pretty big deal.

For once, the worry of how many people will unfollow because I haven’t posted (sounds pathetic but that’s what happens) didn’t bother me, nor did the fact I hadn’t posted my latest blog post. I just knew that the people who stick with me, still would. And guess what they did.

Picture of coffee shop saying relax

Photo Cred: Clem Onojeghuo / Unsplash

Don’t get me wrong sometimes it’s nice not to be available but it doesn’t happen for long right? It’s not long before a message comes through or a phone call and we are curious as to who it is or what they may need. But I needed a day out, just for me, to not really feel I needed to be there. What I needed was to focus on me just for a while, to allow real creativity to occur and think properly about what I needed to do next.

In a busy chaotic world where emails, texts and general notifications are flying around poking us for a response, it is hard to switch off. We can’t help but sneek a peek at our phones, tablets or laptops and whether it be through organisational pangs of guilt or sitting on the train with nothing to do, it’s still a demand on our time.

Picture of coffee and cake on table with sunglasses and a hat

Photo Cred: Maria Vernigora / Unsplash

I read many articles about unplugging and online detoxing and I have had mixed views in all honesty. I don’t believe in saying it’s something we should do, it’s more of a personal preference on what us as individuals need to do and sometimes on occasion. Being a lifestyle blogger it’s important I have an online presence and connect with my readers and the blogging community, it’s what is required and I enjoy my connections but I don’t think I am the first nor will I be the last blogger to take a day out.

It was a gratifying experience and much needed.

Here’s what happened:

I felt lighter, I had a choice not to allow my attention to be in demand which resulted in not feeling under pressure to respond.

I felt empowered and in control of my time, everything could wait. My leg wasn’t going to fall off if I didn’t upload an Instagram picture.

I was able to focus on the things I needed to do, I wasn’t distracted and could actually read a chapter of my book with complete focus.

The day seemed to last longer!

Photo of glasses on a beach

Photo Cred: Saul Venegas / Unsplash

Have you ever taken a digital detox? How did it work out for you?

N x

 

So hey you, yes you…I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.

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7 Comments on “I Fully Unplugged From Being Online, Here’s What Happened

  1. I “unplug” when I’m in work! My mentality is if I’m in work I givee 100% If i’m on blog time I give 100% When i mix the two its goes horribly wrong. Mon – Fri is crap for me social media wise! I tried to scheduling for social media and it always goes wrong… I need some better apps for this in my life!! So glad you day lasted longer! That sounds bliss!! I never have enough hours in a day 🙂 xxx

    • I’m the same but even when I’m at home chilling I find I’m attached literally to my phone or laptop! It was nice to not be online for a while and I can’t believe it felt like the day was going on forever haha xxxx

      • Pre blog I don’t think I was this bad. My new hobby for sure is turning into an obsession and i think this could be a side effect!
        A detox every now and again I think will be something I’ll be doing going forward xxx

      • I’ve had a mini detox over the past couple of weeks but only because work has taken over and I’m missing my blog and social media soooooo much! Xxxxx

      • A mini one sounds do-able…. Yep, new job needs to take the front seat sadly, soon you’ll find a rhythm that works for you though! It’s just finding that new habit and routine to balance them all! xxx

  2. I love this! Such a wonderful idea. I’ve thought many times about unplugging for a period of time – I follow a blogger/podcaster named Michael Hyatt, and he talks about unplugging for the entirety of his annual two week vacation. It sounds so crazy to me- maybe I’ll start by unplugging for a day like you did.

    I love that you were able to read an entire chapter of a book with complete focus- I often find myself sitting down with a good book, and I’m instantly distracted by something on instagram or facebook. It’s frustrating!

    • Thanks so much! Oh I haven’t heard of Michael Hyatt he sounds interesting, I am going to check him out! I think 2 weeks would stress me out as I don’t know if I could do it but that says it all doesn’t it about how addicted we have become to social media! It was the small things for me, just reading a chapter or just thinking really is anything going to change in an hour?! But I am most definitely trying to work harder at this. And the weirdest thing happened last weekend, I haven’t been well so wasn’t posting at all and I ended up with more followers on Insta so I think there might be something to it! Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post and to add your comment, I really appreciate it! Have a fabulous day! xxxx

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