Like many people I feel like I am permanently connected – I have my personal mobile, with access to the internet, my new business phone, computer, tv etc, etc. I find it quite stressful and yet I continue to check into my various email accounts, Facebook, Twitter far too often etc. It is quite exhausting.
I am in the process of tweaking my schedule so that I develop one which is right for me and means I don’t check emails until much later in the day. Rather than exercising first thing I am using that time for my creativity, studying, writing for me or my business clients. I set a timer, check my email and internet sites and then go back to writing for a period of two hours. Then I exercise, have a relaxed and healthy lunch and then spend more time on emails, calls and other things. So, far it is working well for me, but I know that I will need to continue to change this as I figure it out for me. I am lucky to be able to do this as I am still studying for my MA, but also setting up my own business. I am not being run by my connectedness and making a conscious decision when to be connected.
However, as of tomorrow I am off on a mini retreat – I am going to Devon to stay in my mum’s caravan and have four whole days by myself. I will not be taking a single internet device with me, I will put my SIM card into an old phone so that I can talk to my OH as needed, but no email! No internet! I will be taking my laptop so that I can maybe write, or not. Listen to audiobooks or not.
I will be taking books which are not related at all to my course, I will be taking notebooks and coloured pens so that I can think, doodle and express myself. I will take my running & swimming gear, as well as a knitting project which is taking forever and a new one, which, according to the pattern anyway, is a short project.
Rather unsurprisingly it looks like rain, so I will spend my time chilling out, meditating and thinking by myself and probably just sheltering in the caravan.
I am greatly looking forward to it, a significant period of time on my own, with my thoughts and a retreat from the distraction of the internet. It’s my idea of bliss – is it yours too?