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Tech-Free Tuesdays

May 23, 2012

“The television went from being a babysitter to a mistress. Technology made it easy for us to stay in touch while keeping a distance. So we just stayed distant and never touched, now all we do is text too much.” – Sage Francis

Being in school kept Tim and I glued to our computers sun up to sun down. We were constantly having to research, study, or write. Granted not ALL of our time on the laptop was spent actually doing the schoolwork we were intending to do (thank you blogs and facebook), but all of this work, and procrastination from work, was a necessary evil that resulted from being in college and graduate school. I lamented this situation and felt the need to “unplug”, but always had something to work on.

Well, now that Tim and I are done with school we have implemented something I’ve dreamed about doing, Technology-Free Tuesdays, one day of the week where all after-work hours will be void of computers and television (we don’t have a t.v., but we do watch shows sometimes on Hulu). These days will remove the buffer of the laptop, and make us break out of our habit of coming home and plugging in.

Yesterday was our first tech-free Tuesday, and it was a nice evening. We did some reading.









And made a feast; quinoa, marinated and baked tofu, bean salad, and roasted kabocha squash.










We spent time out on the lanai, just sitting and watching the clouds go by. We went to bed really early. It was nice. I am envisioning more evening walks, or frisbee in the future. Tech-free Tuesday will give us a chance to break the stronghold of the internet, something that I allow, but feel disconcerted with.

I would like to apply the concept in a stricter sense, too, because yesterday after work I did run on a treadmill with an ipod, but baby steps. I can easily take my runs outside, sans music and garmin. Maybe I’ll devote Tuesdays to hitting the trails, the possibilities are endless, and I am excited.

Do you feel tied to your computer/laptop? Does it bother you to be on the internet so much? Have you come up with any solutions to this issue?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. mizz schultz permalink
    May 30, 2012 6:46 pm

    I LOVE your ‘tech-free tuesdays’ idea!

    when the boys were younger, we used to do one mere week each june – without tv or computer. the boys weren’t too happy, nor was mr schultz, but it made a difference! we actually interracted more and did more stuff together. (hey – even boys fighting is interraction!) Maybe I can get mr schultz to turn off the tv and stay off computer for one whole day – he is pretty hooked on his email & facebook…

    And I LOVE your zest for health in your physical fitness and your nutrition. The pics of the food look delicious!

    keep it up Stef – hope to see you when you’re in town. please stop by we would LOVE to see you!!!

    love, ms schultz

    • June 2, 2012 10:08 am

      Thanks Mizz Schultz! It is pretty crazy how easy it is to zone out in front of the t.v. or computer and not interact, I like your idea of doing tech-free for one whole week, I may have to do that. I will be sure to stop by, see you in a week!

      • June 2, 2012 12:41 pm

        Would LOVE a visit! look at your schedule & maybe you can stop over for dinner one night?! I make a pretty mean blend of roasted veggies, and add a salad with fruit and nuts, and a brown rice & spinach dish… (do you do fish or cheese or eggs?) looking forward to seeing you!

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