I’ve been thinking lately about how saturated my life is with technology and have started planning a dedicated time to unplug. I had to start by recognizing that I can’t do my job without a computer (I’m a software engineer) so I’d either have to give in to that caveat or find a way to work around it. I know I’m the type that struggles with temptation, so having use of my computer while trying to enforce a set of limitations would be very difficult. And if I had 8 hours a day with full access to everything, how would that really be affecting a change or limitation?
So I decided to take the week of Thanksgiving off. (In reality, its 3 days + 2 holidays.) I’m still new enough at my job that I won’t be on call or tapped to help fix something. My manager actually told me as much. With that, I can take my laptop off the table as I have no obligation to it. Continue reading