Participating In A National Day of Unplugging

Readers of the Brilliant Blog may remember that I wrote a few weeks ago about three ways of “tying yourself to the mast”—i.e., making commitments that would preserve your focus in a world of seductive distractions.

One of these methods was to institute an “unplugged project”—to go without your computer and other devices for a period of time. Well, the time to try this could nigh. Tomorrow is the “National Day of Unplugging,” a country-wide effort to get everyone thinking about the role of digital tools in their lives.

Here’s a description of the day from its official website:

“Do you have multiple cell phones? Take your iPad to the beach on vacation? Ever find it hard to get through a conversation without posting an update to Facebook? Is your computer always on?

We increasingly miss out on the important moments of our lives as we pass the hours with our noses buried in our iPhones and BlackBerrys, chronicling our every move through Facebook and Twitter and shielding ourselves from the outside world with the bubble of ‘silence’ that our earphones create.

If you recognize that in yourself – or your friends, families or colleagues— join us for the National Day of Unplugging, sign the Unplug pledge and start living a different life: connect with the people in your street, neighborhood and city, have an uninterrupted meal or read a book to your child.

The National Day of Unplugging is a 24 hour period—running from sunset to sunset—and starts on the first Friday in March. The project is an outgrowth of The Sabbath Manifesto, an adaption of our ancestors’ ritual of carving out one day per week to unwind, unplug, relax, reflect, get outdoors, and connect with loved ones.”

Sounds good to me. Anyone out there game to try?

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