An ordinary Sunday of church service, lunch and an early afternoon siesta left me reaching for my laptop to catch up with news and some work tasks.
As I opened my backpack, a voice inside told me to stop. So I did, and it was at that point I finally decided to try to tackle one of my bucket list items — a day without a laptop.
It wasn’t easy. As the afternoon dragged on, I found myself like an addict with withdrawal symptoms and kept myself busy with several tasks.
Turn on the TV set. I started flipping through channels. Being Sunday, nothing seemed to be of interest. A couple of news segments and an old episode of Pawn Stars later, I found myself peering into the backpack.
Clean the house. My apartment was pretty clean but it could always use another good sweep. So I went at it, back and forth across the wood floors. After sweeping, I start wiping. First the fridge and then the wall behind the stove. It always seems to get dirty there.
As time went on, I knew I had to check on something. The little voice came back and this time it was telling me that an email was waiting for a reply. It insisted that someone had left me a comment on Facebook and for a brief moment, I almost gave up.
The afternoon is winding down and I started to pace back and forth. From the corner of my eye, I spotted a puzzle. Yes, a 1,000 piece Thomas Kinkade puzzle. And why not a puzzle? It will provide the best kind of concentration. So, I opened the box and spread the pieces across the living room table.
Puzzles are interesting things. They take time and make you think. Thomas Kinkade is known as the painter of light and this puzzle was full of bright and dark areas. Not being an easy puzzle, I did what most puzzle players do, started with the edges.
An hour later, I felt like I was on the edge. Little progress was made but the puzzle remained largely undone and I was ready to move on.
Who knew that being disconnected for just one day would provide for such a challenge?
Dinner and an early jump in into bed. It was the most exhausting Sunday imaginable. But I did it.
Never did a laptop experience such rest and a person feel so accomplished.
Try disconnecting for a day. Find other ways to fill your time. It will be enlightening.
Originally published at https://www.linkedin.com on May 19, 2016.