Going offline for a week experiment (brace yourself)

by FutharkLifehack 13 replies
I've been working really hard recently both online and offline and feel a little burnt-out and need of a good rest.

I am putting out a Real World Challenge for everyone who cares to join and has an interest in what lies on the "other side".

The challenge for me is that once I write this post, I will log off and not go online for ONE WEEK.

This does not mean I am abandoning my cause or have any doubt about it, it is to reinforce my cause. There is so much beauty out there in the world and we are all missing part of it by ALWAYS being online. Being a tech-guy, yeah, the internet serves up nice warm dishes for me everyday and it is my primary means of learning and working, but it is not ALL there is.

In my attempt to learn more about myself and to be able to write some killer articles to give my advice for personal development, I'm setting out on this little journey. The crazy thing is, I know I will come back with a fresh mindset and with TONS of new ideas that I can't wait to share with everyone.

Wish me luck, and anyone else that wants to give it a try and feels in the same situation, I'd love to hear your stories about how your "Real World Week" goes!
#mind warriors #brace #experiment #offline #week
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Barrs
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    • Profile picture of the author FutharkLifehack
      Originally Posted by Paul Barrs View Post

      After recently being "offline" for four whole years... no thanks... not again.

      The interesting thing was that it was dammed hard to get used to being unplugged... but then 4 yrs later... it was just as hard to plug in again. Almost didn't want to.

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      • Profile picture of the author FutharkLifehack
        So I'm back. What a great experience. Seriously, I've come to realize actually how LITTLE the internet offers when it comes to zoning in on your interests. The internet is a big toybox, and sometimes toolbox - that's it. I hope I do this again in the future, because I have an entirely different perspective on marketing and blogging in general. It feels more like me as well.

        After being away from a week, you come back to see all the personal development and self help that is entirely VAPID that permeates the web. Seriously, my mailbox looked like a bargain bin of Chicken Soup for the Soul and Oprah quotes. Yeah yeah yeah, I get it, we need to attract what we want in our lives by constantly thinking about it, but seriously, from another perspective, most personal development I see out there offers much more than inspirational quotes and tiny tricks - good in and of themselves, but when multiplied to the dizzying amount that they are, become diluted.

        Dare I say, personal development needs to be positive, use the law of attraction, but damn, needs more balls sometimes.

        Needless to say, I was wholeheartedly unimpressed by the state of the internet when I came back. Not that it had time to change - I realized that what I am unimpressed by is what I was positive that I needed to be devouring everyday.
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          Originally Posted by FutharkLifehack View Post

          So I'm back. What a great experience. Seriously, I've come to realize actually how LITTLE the internet offers when it comes to zoning in on your interests. The internet is a big toybox, and sometimes toolbox - that's it. I hope I do this again in the future, because I have an entirely different perspective on marketing and blogging in general. It feels more like me as well.

          After being away from a week, you come back to see all the personal development and self help that is entirely VAPID that permeates the web. Seriously, my mailbox looked like a bargain bin of Chicken Soup for the Soul and Oprah quotes. Yeah yeah yeah, I get it, we need to attract what we want in our lives by constantly thinking about it, but seriously, from another perspective, most personal development I see out there offers much more than inspirational quotes and tiny tricks - good in and of themselves, but when multiplied to the dizzying amount that they are, become diluted.

          Dare I say, personal development needs to be positive, use the law of attraction, but damn, needs more balls sometimes.

          Needless to say, I was wholeheartedly unimpressed by the state of the internet when I came back. Not that it had time to change - I realized that what I am unimpressed by is what I was positive that I needed to be devouring everyday.

          You're absolutely right about this. There is too much of the feel-good, wishy-washy stuff about personal development on the internet that has led to a bunch of spineless people who ONLY wish and hope for things in their mind, thinking that everything's dreamy and it's plain sailing ahead. Nothing could be further from the truth - those specific, wonderful visualizations are done so that you have something to fall back on when you inevitably encounter rough waters on your journey towards your goals!
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    • Profile picture of the author ucajack
      I think going offline for a short duration is a very good idea, just staying close with nature, connecting with your family and enjoying their company.
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  • Profile picture of the author Gary Pettit
    The most prolific period of my life was when I took a month off and isolated myself in a tiny cabin in Michigan, during the off-season. My work and my body paused, but my mind became alive. And with nothing but pen and paper, I created and outlined over 100 projects. I've often thought of doing this once a year, because I'll never forget how productive and creative that month was.
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    • Profile picture of the author ucajack
      well that's a nice experiment, really taking break from the usual routine really refreshes us and get us exposed to new and bright ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patient-X
    Sounds an excellent idea, to be in a position just to log off for an entire week it pretty impressive. Wish I had that luxury !

    But im sure you will be thinking of us over the next week brining in the money whilst you are away
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  • Profile picture of the author lstoops
    I seriously think I would have a panic attack if I didn't go online for a whole week!! LOL But I do understand that sometimes you need to do that. Once I've accomplished a few things then I might want to try. Although I don't think I could do it unless I was in the Caribbean on the beach or something.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
    VERY good idea, though I'm not saying it'll be easy. Even when I was kind of offline, not working for two weeks a few weeks ago, I still admit I kept on top of emails etc. But even the distance I had from my business for two weeks then gave me such a fresh focus. Good luck and post here about how it made you feel
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    I say pull back and attract.

    Working only gets you so far. Entering zones of no thought is when magic happens. By not focusing on work all the time you allow the universe to do what it does best, which makes you a happier person

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  • Profile picture of the author Ruth P
    You're right - a lot does become diluted on the internet. That's not to say everything is, but it's often hard to find amongst everything else, or else you don't notice which holds the best value because you get so used to just consuming so much information.

    It's great that your break away helped you to gain perspective!
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