brief reflection on my first tech sabbath12 Feb 2017
for years, my friend casper has had in this in his email signature:
I am offline from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday, when I observe a ‘tech sabbath.’
i’ve asked him about it several times and while it was something i always wanted to do, i never felt like i could. it just felt too hard.
well, this weekend i finally did it! i had a bunch of things get cancelled last minute because of thursday’s snowstorm and thought that now would be as good of a time as any!
not only was it not as hard as i expected, it was pretty great. it wasn’t a perfectly clean sabbath cause i used my phone a few times and my computer once. having done it this way though has let me see how i can totally go without digital technology from sunset friday to sunset saturday.
some things i noticed:
it was really helpful to have a special todo list for things that i needed digital tech for that i would have to do later. this made it easier to let things go and focus on other stuff.
if i’m going to meet up with someone during the 24h period, i should (a) let them know i’m sabbathing so that (b) we can make plans so that i don’t need to use my phone to meet up or do whatever.
having a plan for what to do during the sabbath was a good idea. the things can be specific (like clean off my desk) or general (like spend time resting in my room).
the 24h went by faster than i expected. as i got near the end of it i was like… wait… it’s over?!?!
i should find out the time of sunset before starting, heh.
i really appreciated disconnecting from my devices and, though it was short, it was a really nice reset. now that i’ve had my first experience, i think i’ll probably try to do two per month and see how that goes.
i love experimenting with parts of my personal system. such a nerd, heh.
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