A Weekend Unplugged

Monday, July 14, 2014
Heading into this past weekend, I promised myself that I would take a social media break. I'm not very good at walking away from my laptop or keeping my phone turned off. But I vowed to make a change over the weekend.

When you are self-employed and your home is your office, stepping away and unplugging can be a challenge. But as I have commitments to some of my social media clients, unplugging is nearly impossible sometimes. Surprisingly, unplugging wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be. I had no symptoms of withdrawal. In fact, I welcomed the break. Time seemed to slow down and bit, and I was definitely "in the moment" more than when I am distracted by technology.

And so, on Friday after I hit publish on Objects of My Obsession, I put on my bathing suit, packed up my pool bag, and took my girls to our swim club for the afternoon. I turned off my phone and stowed it in my bag. Usually I resign myself to a lounge chair and read magazines, combining them for blog post inspiration. But instead, I put my magazines away and enjoyed time in the pool with my girls.

Later Friday evening, the girls and I went to Jenkinson's Pavillion to watch "Frozen" on the beach. We had such a fun night. I took a few pictures for a blog post, and then I turned off my phone for the entire movie. It felt good to sit back, relax, and take in the movie.

On Saturday morning while the girls were asleep, I had the chance to do some decluttering and organizing. I find these tasks to be very relaxing and not at all stressful. I spent about 2 hours going through my makeup, cleaning off my desk and clearing out the desk drawers. It was very therapeutic. Later that afternoon, we went out for lunch at Panera and did some shopping.

On Sunday we went out for breakfast at one of our favorite spots, Blue Peach Cafe, worked up a good sweat after a long walk, and hit the pool for a few hours before dinner. I took a few pictures during out walk but otherwise, my phone was away.

Because I made a point to unplug and take some time away from my blog, I managed my time during the week much better. I didn't rely on having extra time during the weekend to work. I budgeted my time during the week to get all of my work finished so that I could actually have a weekend.

And it felt good.

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