What I Learned From Two Months Without Internet

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On July 1st, 2015, I moved into my first bachelor apartment, eager to begin a new chapter in my life. This wasn’t the only big change in my life – I had also just quit my day job to focus on music, and between that and living alone, I knew I was going to have a lot of time on my hands. So it was with this in mind, that I decided to go without internet at my home for two months. I didn’t want my productivity to be zapped with Facebook scrolling and movies all day. I also wanted an excuse to get out of the house now that I had no roommates. So, here I am, September 1st, my first day at home with Internet, and I think I learned some useful stuff. Here are my top tips:

  • Youtubing Justin Bieber on repeat from your phone while you’re unpacking will use up all of your data. In one day.
  • Laundromats usually have free Wifi.
  • Laundromats have owners that will start to recognize you if you keep going in solely to use their free Wifi.
  • A lot of time, when you think you want to go on social media, you really just need a nap.You may be part cat.
  • Being bored, lonely, and sad are emotions worth paying attention to. Sometimes we distract ourselves from these when we should put our attention on finding healthy ways to experience and deal with them. For example, calling a friend, working on creative pursuits, learning to calm ourselves through self-talk and relaxation techniques etc… And sometimes when you are distraction-free you realize you might need help outside of yourself like a therapist, coach, mentor or friend.
  • When I had to use internet, I needed to make sure I remembered everything or it might not get done until the next day. To counter this, I started writing ‘internet to do’ lists before I left the house. This allowed me to be incredibly intentional about what I was doing online, and realized how unintentional I had previously been.
  • That being said, YOU NEED SOME UNINTENTIONAL TIME. Filling a day to the brim with intentionality and productivity is near impossible and hella stressful. Sometimes you need to just chill, bro.
  • When you order the cheapest thing on the menu (usually herbal tea) in order to stay for hours at a cafe with free Wifi, TIP HEAVILY.
  • The hierarchy of free Wifi, in terms of speed and reliability, is as follows:Starbucks < Library < LAUNDROMAT.

Overall, I learned that it’s not actually a big deal to go without internet. Sure, it was annoying not to be able to answer work emails right away, and be out of the loop on some things, but your real friends will text you and your work can call you. It’s worthwhile to let go of distractions and deal with yourself every once in awhile.

Peace out,
e_mma2

Photo on 2015-06-20 at 8.21 PM #2

Next month, NO PHONE!

Just kidding ;p

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