Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Unplugged30 Wrap Up & New Month!

Oh FEBRUARY.

I had such incredibly good intentions.  But you were not a super easy month.  Nothing catastrophic happened, mind you.  But our main challenge was virus after virus after virus.  Coughing, sneezing, throat pain, laryngitis -- and I'm actually still sick.  Cameron needed nebulizers.  Josh needed antibiotics and steroids.  I am continuing to load up on ibuprofen & acetominophen to get through the day.  

Annabel did okay (I think she was mildly sick for like 2 days).  She apparently is the toughest one in the family.

I kind of crumbled under it all.  Last month I was basically on top of everything, and it felt fantastic! And this month I sort of just let things slide, day after day after day.  I am really hoping to that this new month is happier, healthier, and just better.

Unplugged30 Wrap Up
One thing I did accomplish -- at least in part -- was to break some really bad habits I have been cultivating over the last decade or so.  Here are my experiences with the Unplugged30 as I defined it, spanning from 2.1.16 - 3.1.16 (today!).

Rule by rule . . .
1.  Deactivate Facebook.  Stayed 100% off!  And I still don't miss it.  I think I eventually will want to share some family photos and check in, but I think I'll make FB involvement a seasonal thing and otherwise just stay invisible (i.e. deactivated).  
2.  Uninstall all social media apps from phone/tablet/whatever.  Yep, stayed off.  The barrier of having to reinstall was a great deterrent.  Otherwise I would have cheated.  I did miss Instagram and yes -- plan to reinstall it.  
3.  Limit email checks to a predetermined number per day -- I recommend 3 if feasible.  I did well with this at first, but then faltered.  However, I did sort of discover that (newsflash!) most of my email is not very interesting.  I wasn't really missing anything by spacing out checks!   
4.  No phone use in bed.  I was not 100% with this while sick, but generally was much much better.  This led to more reading in bed (in the evenings) and earlier rising each AM.  I want to keep up this habit. 
5.  No phone use in car, with the following exceptions: maps app, podcast app.  Success!  I am really trying to be religious about holding to this one.  The one challenge is call, and I am on call starting today (yikes).  But I am DETERMINED to be strong.  No text is worth an accident and any TRUE emergency will result in a phone call. 
6.  No phone use (or even out) while interacting with loved ones or supervising kids.   I was not 100% on this.  But I did improve.  And Josh was quick to call me out on this when I cheated. 
7.  Blogs followed in feed reader are limited to 20 or less.  Yes, I pared down the list.  BUT -- since things tend to seep in through the void -- I read a few more links from Ana's blog, and I read more NYtimes online.  For the most part, I stuck to 2 short "internet breaks" daily - lunchtime or afternoon and evening.   
8.  Check in.  I didn't do as well with this as I would have if there wasn't so much sickness this month!  
9.  Extra-special challenge: a totally unplugged day.  Didn't happen.  I am determined to try this, though!  Perhaps Saturday March 12 (I'm on call this weekend). 
10.  Keep some kind of record of how you are doing.  Particularly the things you did other than scroll:
Again, I feel like this list would be longer if we didn't spend so much of the month sick!  But, I did:
-- read more (most of the way done with A Fine Balance, which is a fairly long (600 pg) and FANTASTIC novel
-- sleep more! (necessary due to being sick!)
-- work more.  (I think it was just a busy work month)
-- feel more present with A&C.  Especially in the evenings!  Not only are they better behaved when I am not distracted, but the time goes much faster and is more fun.
March Goals