When I was brainstorming ideas for this post, I was HORRIFIED to discover that I could only think of, like, five activities that didn’t involve technology.
So many of my favorite things – watching dance tutorials on Youtube, road tripping (via GPS), Skyping with far-flung friends – require a laptop or an internet connection. Which is simultaneously depressing and not surprising.
Like many bloggers, I’m completely addicted to technology. I’ve not yet reached the ‘work on my laptop in bed’ point, but I frequently get home from a night out and immediately walk into my office (with my coat and boots still on!) to check my email and social media.
I’ve tried to curb my habit by removing email/Facebook/Twitter from my phone (though I still half-ass Instagram) but I notice a huuuuge difference in my mood when I step away from my screen and into, well, real life.With that in mind, I’m going to wholeheartedly embrace National Unplug Day, March 7-8. (Though I’ve still got a post and social media scheduled for tomorrow for those of you who won’t be ‘celebrating.’)
It’s probably a lot easier for me to unplug than a lot of people – mostly because I can tell my clients I’m taking the day off and then close my laptop. I realize that’s not an option if you’ve got a boss and all sorts of computer-based responsibilities. But what if you unplugged from 5 pm on the 7th to 5 pm on the 8th? You’d probably be about a million times happier with your weekend.
Here are 23 fun ways to unplug
(print ’em out, eh?)
1. Start a giant paint-by-numbers piece to hang above your bed.
2. Dig through all those cookbooks you have. Find a new, challenging recipe and make it.
3. Make lists: favorite people, yuckiest animals, movies to watch when you’re melancholy, foods you could eat every day until you die.
4. Go buy postcards from a local tourist spot and send them to your friends in other cities.
5. Give yourself (or pay someone to give you) a ridiculous manicure.
6. Go on a photo scavenger hunt. (But with your actual camera! Not your phone/Instagram.)
7. Spend some really quality time with your pet. Brushing and petting until they get sick of it. (my cat Putin neeeeever gets sick of it.)
8. Go to your city’s tallest building at sunset.
9. Declutter and happy-fy your home. Get rid of your ex’s t-shirts, those canned beets you’ll never eat, and that Very Important Novel you hated.
10. Go to a restaurant that serves food you’ve never had before. Ethiopian! Mongolian barbeque! Cambodian!
11. Check out a new class at your gym. I’m all over water aerobics! (100% not kidding.)
12. Go to a second-run theater and watch a $2 movie.
13. Swap out your framed photos and prints. Here are 7 more cheap ways to update your space.
14. Visit your local library. I periodically forget about them and then re-remember that you can read hundreds of magazines and books for free! Or attend cool events! Go there and read all the back issues of Cat Fancy.
15. Go for a long walk in a new park or a neighborhood you’ve never explored.
16. Detail your car. I’m not sure words can express how deeply satisfying this is.
17. Invite your friends over for soup, bread, and board games or cards.
18. Make a bonfire. Bonus points for baking potatoes in the coals!
19. Watch a high school sporting event or theater production. Watching kids be sincere and try hard warms my heart every. single. time.
20. Go to a bar and play pool or darts or monopolize the jukebox with a million Britney Spears songs.
21. Hit up your local bingo hall. THIS IS SO MUCH MORE FUN THAN YOU THINK.
22. Write out your next blog posts by hand.
23. Explore your city via public transport. I like to call this bus roulette.
Are you addicted to technology? And if you are – how are you dealing with it?
P.S. relaxing ‘right’