No Internet Thursdays

The problem:

Our internet service has been getting slower and slower over the course of several months. Sometimes it is so slow that it won’t load up any pages at all! We called the cable company once before, and they said they would come out and take a look, but if the problem was on our end (aka, our router), then they would charge us a service fee for coming out when it wasn’t their problem. And we would still have to buy a new router.

The solution:

A few days ago, my husband had the grand idea to plug the laptop directly into the modem to see where the problem lay, and sure enough, it was the modem and not the router. When he called again, they said he could bring the old modem in and switch it for a new one. Our cable company is a half-hour from home, but it’s near where Jesse works, so we packed up the modem Sunday night and he took it to work with him on Monday.

The other problem:

To tell you the truth, I was actually excited about an internet-less day. You see, I have a problem constantly checking my email, my blog stats, and tag surfer. I am forever looking for more blogs to comment on, and any time I find myself with a spare minute, I check out Twitter or Facebook as well. Then those spare minutes turn into minutes that I could be using to get things done around the house. They aren’t spare anymore; they’re wasted. Now I know I need to be social and network and all that, but not every single day!

The experiment:

So with an internet-less Monday looming, I just knew I would get all sorts of odds and ends accomplished, and do you know what? I did! I won’t go into detail (I always skim those posts where women brag on every single detail of their day), but I finished up several projects that had been on the back burner for awhile and got a good chunk of another one out of the way. And writing! Boy, did I write!

The resolution:

So, thanks to such a wonderful, blessed Monday, I hereby proclaim Thursdays my NO INTERNET day. (I picked Thursdays because I don’t have to be anywhere on those days, and I will have absolutely no excuse for not having a productive day.) So, in preparation, I am typing this post up ahead of time (Wednesday afternoon), and I will schedule to have it posted for me on Thursday. I am so looking forward to this mini-vacation every week!

The challenge:

Take a break, and tell us how it went! Or let us know your method of coping with all of this insanity!

6 responses to “No Internet Thursdays

  1. This is a fanTAStic idea! My daughter and I could use a day like this. I’m going to start right away, thanks!

    • No problem! I actually just saw this on someone else’s blog Wednesday. Kind of intensified the feeling that I should do this once a week. I can’t remember where I was reading about it though. I really do need to start writing things down (at least in a file somewhere)!

  2. Yay! 🙂

    (oh, and this includes use of smart phones, too, for cruising online)

    • No doubt! I cheated a little yesterday and read through the email in my Outlook. Technically, the emails were already on my hard drive when I read them. (It was my laptop that got online and retrieved them, not me, right?)
      Anyway, I was a good girl and didn’t respond to any, so I guess it was okay.

      • I think you did great. It takes a lot of discipline.

        I have found that since I have been having non internet days I tend to spend less time on line in general. I realized how much random wandering I did online. Now when I go on it’s with a specific purpose and I actually TIME myself (yes, I set a timer). I can allow myself to wander online and feel okay about it if limit myself to, say, 30 mins. When the time is up, I have to stop.

      • It was you! (I just checked your blog again.) You’re the one who inspired me to begin my no internet days. Thank you so much! I like the idea of timing yourself. I really got behind yesterday – I’m still catching up from yesterday! Maybe I should respond to comments and emails but stay off of tag surfer and websites. Hmmm. Still getting the bugs worked out.

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