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A Day Without The Internet

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.

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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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  • Tricia August 17, 2013, 7:53 am

    Sharon, this reminds me of the topic of a motivational speaker I heard at Advocare’s Success School recently. Erik Wahl is a “disruptive strategist “. He states that disrupting our usual way of doing things can spark creative new ways of thinking. I agree. We just need to be open to the experience and enjoy the journey of creation.

    • sharonmichaels August 17, 2013, 9:50 am

      I agree Trish, coming out of our comfort zone can open up us up to new possibilities.

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