Looking for a great way to give yourself a digital detox? National Day of Unplugging (NDU) is an annual 24-hour period, running from sundown to sundown, of observing a communal digital detox. Based on the long tradition of observing the Sabbath, or a day of rest, it's a great way to turn off the devices and spend that time in the present.
A project of Reboot, this National Day of Unplugging is an outgrowth of the Sabbath Manifesto, an adaption of the Jewish ancestor's ritual of carving out one day per week to unwind, relax, reflect, get outdoors and connect with loved ones. This day provides a great opportunity for all of us to join a common thread of disconnecting from our devices and connect with those things that are truly important in our lives.
While the official NDU is from sundown, March 1 to sundown, March 2, you can have your unplugged day anytime. It doesn't have to be a whole day, you could set aside a digital free period any day you choose - think electronic free Friday nights or take time on Saturday or Sunday to stow your phones and laptops, iPads and tablets and find other ways to spend the time being present.
While I can personally remember times when I pulled the "cord" (phone was attached to the kitchen wall) into the hall closet to talk privately to friends, we have a whole generation that have lived in a time when phones and electronic devices were always available. Instead of families talking across the table we witness kids and adults, plugged in to phones and tablets instead of interacting with each other.
Join me in taking the pledge to UNPLUG for a while! How will you spend that time? Here are a few suggestions: