24 Hours Unplugged

Over the past 24 hours I’ve had a splitting headache.  I'm pretty sure the roller coaster temperatures are contributing, but I also think that my constant presence in front of a computer screen or television isn’t helping the situation.

On top of the headache I’ve had this nearly manic feeling.  I feel like I can’t move fast enough.  I feel like I can’t get everything accomplished that I want to.  But at the same time I’ve been unable to complete any task due to my utter lack of focus.  My mind keeps jumping from one project to the next.  My thoughts are racing with all the things that I need to be working on.  There’s this driving sense of immediacy to everything that enters my mind, “Great idea! Pause what you’re doing and DO IT NOW.”

Then last night I read this blog (see Charlotte, I say it ALL the time).  Kelly mentioned her preoccupation with all things technical.  She wrote, “I wish I didn't check my email, Facebook, and reader every 5 minutes.  My life would certainly NOT be worse off, but I can't seem to restrain myself.  I think it's an addiction.  Does anyone else have this problem?  Better yet, does anyone have a cure for this problem?”  Reading this was a total revelation.  I've been living too plugged in for the past few days.  I’ve taken a good thing to the limit and I'm seeing consequences.  (headaches, a life lived like I'm on speed, sensory overload)

So, I’ve decided to unplug for 24 hours.  I'm going to go Internet and television free for the next 24 hours.  I’ll only use my phone sparingly (my hubby is flying today I can’t turn it off, otherwise I would).  Because I'm in the middle of a job search, I intend to check my email ONE time at the close of business.  Other than that… there will be no email, no Facebook and no twitter for me. (I'm starting to get a little bit nervous about this)

Please don’t misunderstand this isn’t a protest against technology.  This is a realization that I need to set some boundaries for myself.  Technology = good.  Choosing to indulge in too much technology to the detriment of my health and well being = bad.

So, I’ll see you guys on the flip side.
Anyone brave enough (or need) to try this with me??
Come on, Kelly… Are you in??