A few weeks ago, I was without both my television and my computer for 3 days. At first glance, this didn’t appear to be a problem. In fact, this could be a good thing. Three whole days to catch up on my reading, visit with friends, consult with clients, organize my finances and files, and clean out a few closets.
I am a bit addicted to email, but surely I could survive a few days without it. After all, I still had a telephone. (Imagine calling someone!) Truly, I wasn’t cut off, not really.
After the first 24 hours, I realized that email was not all I was missing-no NCIS reruns, no HGTV, no Facebook, no Googling, no DailyBeast updates, no blogging (my poor fans!), no cruising Zappos, no Realtracs. Hmm, perhaps this was going to be harder than I thought.
What did I do for three days unplugged?
- I called my clients
- I got out from behind my desk. I attended Realtor lunches, previewed properties, and met people for walks, coffee, lunch, and dinner.
- I referred to the AT&T White Pages
- I purchased two books from Davis Kidd
- I wrote one blog entry and the first draft of my newsletter in longhand
- I checked the weather forecast in The Tennessean
- I went to the movies
- I received all my news from three newspapers
- I worked uninterrupted for long periods of time
- I read—a lot
- I cleaned out a closet
What did I learn?
It is amazing what I accomplished with old-fashioned person to person communication. I averted a crisis, created new alliances, obtained a referral, and discovered new information. Not to mention the amount of work I produced because I wasn’t checking my email every ½ hr.
Clicking a button is easy; picking up the phone or getting out of the house takes a bit more effort and planning. I certainly won’t go cold turkey again, but I have reined in my computer/TV dependency.
Give it a try—12 hours unplugged and let me know what happens!