Yesterday went well. The turn off mobile internet trick worked a charm and I’m pleased to say I went the whole evening internet free.
Nothing bad happened. I got back to a couple of emails and mentions today. Everyone left happy.
I even dusted off my German language skills an spoke an hour of German with my girlfriend. It’s amazing what you can achieve without the ‘net.
Yesterday was my first internet free Thursday (#ift).
Why am I having internet free Thursdays? It’s all explained in my ‘Dealing with digital distractions‘ post.
How’d it go? Well sadly I had a good distraction from digital – a colleague’s leaving do. Being at the pub with great colleagues reminiscing helped stop the cravings but I was amazed how subconscious my movements to my phone and it’s unlock button were.
To help get over that I turned off my mobile internet, plunging myself into circa 2005. This taught me to stop looking at my phone!
After that I enjoyed a spell of just concentrating on chatting and enjoying the company of the people in my immediate vicinity. It was lovely.
There was one slip-up though. Once home I ordered a smart new shirt from http://www.ctshirts.co.uk.
What?! There’s a good sale on!
I’d recommend #ift to all of you. It’s a helpful reminder of the need to turn off and look up from the screens.