What if…

I closed my computer for the next 40 days and didn’t open it again. I wonder what I would accomplish?

Would I sew more or cook more or knit more? Maybe I would read more and write more.

What is it that has so many of us tied to our computers? Even just thinking about not being on the computer makes me feel a little panicky – what if I miss something? Would anyone miss me? (You don’t need to answer that, store it is rhetorical.)

Maybe I would finally get my house organized.

I find I get a lot of inspiration from being online but that inspiration doesn’t really go anywhere. So far it hasn’t inspired me to get off the couch.

What would you do with 40 days (or 50 or 30) of no computer?

This is just something I am playing with in my mind.

  12 Replies to “What if…”

  1. jac
    February 21, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I haven’t been on the computer as much, but not by choice! And yes, funnily enough it’s all still there waiting once you come back to it…

    • February 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Yes, it would still be here. I suspect part of my reluctance is that I am afraid I would be “missing something” even though there is a lot I am missing by being on the computer all the time.

  2. jen
    February 22, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Well, I’d probably get fired. 🙂 But if I took all billable computer time out of the equation, I’d probably have a hard time paying some bills (I do it all online) and I’d like get a lot of phone calls asking why I’m not on social media sites I frequent, but it would be okay. I like my computer, but don’t feel married to it.

    • February 22, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      Yes, you would definitely have a hard time getting work done. But for me, these days at least, I don’t really do any important work on the internet. I would miss blogging though but I think the break would be good for my brain (and probably my eyes).

      Great new head shot by the way.

  3. Lee-Anne
    February 22, 2012 at 2:36 am

    I’ve been contemplating the same thing lately. Toying with the idea of the 30-day Challenge. But 40 days is so much more Biblical. My hesitation is that I access FB and Twitter on my phone and so I know I’d have to swear off phone/text too because the temptation would be too much, let’s be honest. I think I might just do it though. (And as an aside, I have missed your Roughing it posts).

    • February 22, 2012 at 8:11 pm

      Well, the thought of 40 days was inspired by Lent but only to a small extent – since I don’t observe Lent I don’t give up anything for Lent either. I miss Roughing It too but I’m having a hard time being inspired by anything these days – this is why I think I need a break.

  4. Anne B.
    February 22, 2012 at 7:47 am

    I don’t spend enough time on the computer at home as it is, I’d like to write on my blog more since I enjoy it so much. I was happy I did an extra hour of real work last night however, as I get paid for it, and needed to do some stuff. Paid work beats writing on the blog. Plus I just like the internets, the way I do it anyhoo.

    • February 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      I enjoy writing on my blog too and don’t do it as often as I feel I should or as often as I think I want – and yet, I spend a lot of time on the internet not writing on my blog. I think it might be time for me to get back to pen and paper.

  5. February 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I was inspired by Patrick Dewitt’s practice. When he’s writing, he puts an embargo on the internet (his wife has the wifi password). He goes to a coffee shop every morning (after he drops a kid at school) for an hour of ‘internet time’. I found that really interesting and it sounded like a nice lifestyle.

    • February 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      I’ve been thinking of going that route! Getting the Mister to password the internet so I can only check my e-mail in the evening or something. I know I would have to check my e-mail and pay bills.

      I would like to go and write in a coffee shop every morning too – but I don’t think the patrons would appreciate looking after Fionnuala for me. Ah well, maybe someday. : )

  6. February 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Oh my gosh, I really wish I could give my computer up for Lent!! But part of my job involves checking my email and doing work on the computer. I would also be afraid of missing something—and being forgotten. The social media and blogging world is so fickle!

    I don’t think I could. Ultimately, I really am completely addicted. But I would love to! I can’t even fathom how much I would get done. Way more reading! And letter writing! And fiction writing…maybe!

  7. February 23, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    I also have been contemplating a time restriction on my internet time. It sucks you in! If my husband had the password I know I would end up getting irritated with him if he held me to my original plan for the whole 40 days. I need more self-discipline, but I want to be in control of it which doesn’t always work for me. I started writing a blog about this yesterday but couldn’t make myself commit to anything, so I saved it as a draft. Ha!

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