2016 · June

Back to the Beginning

Hello, Readers! We live in an era where technology is key to everything. It allows us to accomplish so much more, even to stay in touch with each other at a quicker rate than a letter. I’ve seen the bonuses and failures of technology.

There have been times that The Hubby Man and I take the kids out to do something. An hour if even that and they have a meltdown. They’ve been away from technology for too long and suddenly the zoo or aquarium is boring. It’s the most aggravating thing. Even a trip to the grocery store constitutes them shoving headphones into their smartphones and ignoring everything around them.

I can’t say that it is just the kids doing it as well. Hell, I have to have my computers. A small laptop to take with me to the library and things to work, plus my big desktop for gaming. The Hubby man has his own vices.

I’m not saying that it is a bad thing. Technology has more bonuses than negatives in the world nowadays. However, there comes a point when it is too much. When car rides now constitute toying with smartwatches, smartphones, and the only sound that fills the vehicle is that of the radio.

While this technology has increased our ability to keep in contact with those far away it has decreased our ability to communicate up close. Hands down in most failing relationships communication is sighted as one of the most common reasons the relationship fell apart.

Recently, the hubby and I have gone off the grid, without phones. While I find myself picking up the phone constantly to check Facebook, emails, or Instagram it isn’t due to the computer right in front of me having the same capability. It has become an ease of access and a habit to grab my phone to accomplish the exact same thing. Upon that there is no reason that all of these need to be checked thirty plus times a day. My email is definitely not that busy.

I am working toward breaking the habit of constantly picking up my cell phone for everything. In fact, I’m hoping by the time this challenge is finished that I spend a lot less time with a phone attached to me and more time interacting with my family. At least, that is the hope in all of this.

When it comes to not having a cell phone and my writing…it has greatly increased my productivity. It isn’t so much the phone calls half of it either. While sometimes I get calls a ton in one day, mostly the phone stays silent. It’s that whole cruising Facebook, Instagram and emails that get me. Even while prepping dinner I’m consumed by it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love social media, but sometimes there are far more important things to be doing like writing, connecting with family and making memories.

As for my work, like I said it has greatly increased since we’ve started this experiment. I’m cruising along and almost halfway through getting the second draft cleaned up. I had the goal to have it finished by this Thursday, but circumstances haven’t been favorable to make that goal. Okay, I’ll admit it. I’ve been lazy up to the point that we shut down our phones.

Now, I’m kicking out four and five chapters a day with edits, cleaning it up or completely writing a whole new chapter when needed. That was something I hadn’t counted on in the process. I knew there would be chapters that would need to be added, but I hadn’t estimated as many as I’ve put in. That is a process that slows me down quite a bit. However, the polished up second draft that is coming out of it is well worth all the work.

As for that, it’s time to get to work again. Remember, L.O.L. (Live it, Own it, Love it) or it isn’t worth doing.


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