Stuff happens! Have you ever noticed how life can remind you of those little lessons we often need to learn? Our Internet and telephone went down for a day. Yes, an entire day! A day without being able to use the Internet was a major wake up call for me. I learned not to wait until the last minute to get things done.
I’d never realized how dependent I am on the Internet. Practically my entire business is conducted over the Internet. I’m on Social Media several times a day, pay bills on the Internet and correspond with clients via email all day. And yet, it wasn’t until I found myself without the Internet that I realized how truly dependent I actually was. A day without the Internet was a wake up call!
When all was said and done, I asked myself what were the lessons I could take away from this eye-opening lack of Internet experience? Here’s what I discovered:
1. Don’t wait on until the last minute to do what needs to get done. If you use the Internet to pay bills or conduct other activities that require a “due date,” don’t wait until the last minute to complete them.
2. Plan ahead for the “stuff” that happens in life. Give yourself a cushion for dealing with the everyday “stuff” that can happen so you’re not stressing about things over which you have no control.
3. Have a Plan B if your Plan A is derailed. Don’t become locked into one way of doing things. Give yourself the opportunity to create new options and additional opportunities.
With those three lessons in mind, I decided to reorganize my day. What could I do without the Internet? I began making a list of things that would keep me going positively forward both personally and professionally and yet, didn’t involve using an Internet connection. I have to admit; it took me awhile to wrap my head around the fact that I wouldn’t be connected to the outside world for several hours.
After a few minutes of staring at a blank computer screen, I realized that I could still use my computer to update my goals, compose blog posts, create a new video and organize my old emails. I realized that I could have a very productive day even without the Internet. I guess the biggest lesson I learned was not to be locked into one way of looking at things – to take time to step back and think out of the box.
The bottom line: My day without the Internet turned out to be one of the most creative and productive days that I’ve had in a long time – who would have guessed.
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