I’m back. I’m alive and well and survived a week-long cruise disconnected from the real world.
I knew it would happen when boarding the boat.
Dodgy and expensive internet.
I scrambled for weeks before hand to prepare myself with written posts I could schedule and publish.
Of course with real life interruptions and demands that never happened.
So I did the only think anyone can do.
Let it go.
I tried not to think of all that could go wrong: plunging traffic, missed deals, becoming just another Lost City of Atlantis.
So be it.
Why fight things you can’t change?
Instead I thought I’d catch up on my writing with my laptop or pen and notebook like I am now lying in a padded lounge chair, an afternoon mai tai on the way, the Pacific Ocean stretched for miles in front of me.
I made a deal with myself to enjoy the fruits of my labour.
I’ve loved it. I’ve played more than working plenty of time for that when I return.
Besides I have been learning more from the people I have interacted with here on the boat and those I met on the islands.
A couple of things I’ve discovered about my online world from being off it.
1. Too much of my time is wasted on flashing neon lights
A lot of people tell me how surprised they are with all I manage to do online. To be honest I feel really unproductive. There is so much more I want to do and could be doing. Working offline shows me just how much I am capable of doing in a short space of time (especially when mojitos and margaritas are involved!)
I’ve managed to write a few posts without even spending a lot of time doing them. I’m not nearly doing enough when I am connected because I am too easily distracted by pop up notifications and dinging bells.
From now on I intend on doing 2 hours of written work before I turn my internet world on.
2. Early starts are easy
I’ve been finding it so easy to get up out of bed with the rising sun because I know a walking track awaits me with a cool breeze and ocean on either side. I find too many excuses like being too tired and needing to sleep in in the real world.
Really it’s just that I am unmotivated and need to give myself more incentive. Now that Craig is home full-time it will be more manageable for me to follow the incentive of fresh air, exercise and relaxation before focusing on work.
3. Photo editing unmotivates me and is a drain on my time.
A task I can easily do offline is my photo editing. We use a lot of photos in our posts which is a bitch when it comes to taking the and editing. I don’t finish a lot of posts because I photo-edit procrastinate.
My solution is to now
1. Perfect the art of taking the perfect shot. 2. Delete all photos that are crap. 3. Focus on just a few of the BEST shots to edit.
4. Email is a drain
I’ve loved NOT attending to email. Mostly because my inbox is cluttered with crap which takes away the fun of receiving the good stuff if you ever find it in the mire.
I’m so tired of being inundated with requests to promote and help everyone without getting anything in return. I’m getting much stricter with what I reply to. I’m going to create a few ebooks with answers to FAQ’s and only taking on paid work. I value my time more.
While I dread the work that awaits me when I reconnect, I have enjoyed taking time away to spend with my lovely family. I’m going to do more of it.
How often do you disconnect and how do you survive?
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