Lori, unplugged

NaBloPoMo Day 19:
How much of the day are you plugged in? Do you consciously set aside offline time, or does it happen whenever it happens?

I am plugged in almost all the time.

I blame my smartphone. I am not sure how smart it was to ever get one; now that I have it, I can’t imagine doing without it. (In fact, it just died a few minutes ago, right in the middle of an excellent Darcy story. I was very disgruntled.) I get up in the morning, hit the alarm on my phone, and then check my email, Facebook, and Words With Friends games, all before I get out of bed. The process reverses in the evening before I go to sleep.

In between times, I am at work, where I am plugged in to a computer the entire time. I deal with loads of emails, logging phone calls, updating notes and records in clients’ electronic files, and typing the odd letter and mailing label. Even my breaks are taken online, as I check my email, read a couple of posts from my favorite bloggers, and listen to a song or two on YouTube. When I get home, I often jump back onto my laptop to check my email, pay bills, order things online, and – of course – write a blog post or two.

I need to set aside offline time. I want to unplug and spend some time in the real world. I’ll do that as soon as I deal with all my email…