I Tried To Go One Day Without Technology And This Is What Happened

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I had always thought that I could go without technology for a day. I mean, how hard could it be, right? I wake up every day and my first instinct is to check my phone for any new notifications or messages. I use my laptop for work and to keep in touch with my family and friends. I even have a smartwatch that I use to track my steps and heart rate. But I thought I could go without all of that for just one day.

I woke up on a Saturday morning and decided that today would be the day. I didn’t want to use any technology at all, not even for work. I would go about my day as usual, but I wouldn’t use any devices that required electricity.

I started my day by making breakfast. I had to use the stove to cook, so that was fine. But then I realized that I didn’t have any music to listen to while I cooked. I typically listen to music or a podcast while I cook, but I couldn’t do that today. It wasn’t a big deal, but it did make the time pass more slowly.

After breakfast, I went to take a shower. I had to use soap and water instead of my usual body wash. It was a little strange not being able to turn on the water with the push of a button, but I managed. I also had to brush my teeth manually. I missed my electric toothbrush!

I got dressed and went to leave the house, but realized that I didn’t have my phone or my keys. I had to go back inside and look for them. I finally found them, but it was a little frustrating not being able to just use my phone to find them.

I went for a walk and it was really nice not having my phone with me. I felt like I was really present in the moment and I noticed things that I normally wouldn’t have. I saw a squirrel running up a tree and a group of kids playing in the park. I would have normally been looking at my phone if I had it with me, so it was nice to see the world around me without that distraction.

After my walk, I went to the grocery store. I had to use a pen and paper to write out my grocery list. It was a little difficult to remember everything that I needed without being able to look it up on my phone, but I managed. I also had to use cash to pay for my groceries instead of using my debit card. It was a little strange, but it wasn’t a big deal.

I came home and made lunch. I had to use the stove again, so I was able to listen to music this time. It was nice to be able to cook without being distracted by my phone.

After lunch, I decided to take a nap. I usually listen to a podcast or an audiobook when I nap, but I couldn’t do that today. I was able to fall asleep pretty easily, but I woke up after a few minutes because I felt restless. I missed being able to listen to something while I napped.

I got up and decided to read a book. I hadn’t read a physical book in a while, so it was nice to be able to do that. I was able to get lost in the book and I didn’t miss my phone at all.

Later in the day, I started to feel a little lonely. I wanted to text my friends or call my family, but I couldn’t. I ended up just taking a walk around the block to clear my head.

I went to bed early that night and I didn’t have any trouble falling asleep. I didn’t miss being able to scroll through social media before bed.

The next morning, I woke up and felt refreshed. I didn’t miss my phone as much as I thought I would. It was actually nice to be disconnected from the world for a day. I was more present and I was able to get things done without being distracted. I think I might try this again sometime.

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