Posted by: bluelion | June 12, 2016

My Screen-Free Week – the experience (Part II)

You can read part I here and how we usually use screens here.

Day 4

I refrain from checking the weather, information on possible weekend programmes or follow-up on something I read, and I miss these very much. Not making drafts for my future blog posts (about the books we read) and registering my readings on Moly (Hungarian version of Goodreads) is tough, too. I will probably continue to do these on paper and then transfer once daily, because once online, it is just too easy to be distracted. The kids don’t mind the scribbling with pen on paper too much, and this is a way better example I can show them than tapping at my phone, even if I do the same there. They don’t know that.

Day 5

It may take a week to form a habit and I’m well on my way. I didn’t even yearn to switch the wi-fi on yesterday. Reading challenges I signed up for are still a lot of pressure. I won’t sign up for any new ones after I’m done. I read too much, too fast. It takes away the pleasure and I can’t keep up with the reviews.

I talk more on the phone, which is probably good for some of my relationships. The kids don’t tolerate it well (I read it was exhausting and very frustrating to them, trying to guess what the other person was saying), so I keep these short and they’re not too many either. More than the almost zero I did previously. One thing I can’t wait for is to unsubscribe from the remaining newsletters.

A bit of a health scare (the baby maybe swallowing something) suspended being screen-free for half an hour. Of course, googling didn’t help much but I couldn’t reach anyone competent by phone in that first half hour.

Day 6

Friend support does work through SMS but it probably would have been easier on WhatsApp. Also, the number of things to check (eg. entry fees) grow in my to do diary, but this is the first time I’m really using it. I think it’s happy now. I wonder whether a twice daily wi-fi connection is viable in the long run.

It drives me crazy that I have to go outside to check the weather instead of having a convenient number shown to me on the phone! Hi, I’m blueisthenewpink. I’m a weather forecast addict.

Day 8

Yesterday was a Sunday with the kids and my hubby, no need for a screen. I didn’t even write anything on that day. It was perfect.

And now…

Wow, it’s over! Nothing really ‘happened’ while I was gone. One or two messages left unanswered for a week but that’s all. I already feel harassed. But that must be other obligations, having to be somewhere in time, trying to juggle multiple things. What a coincidence it should happen at the same time as switching on the wi-fi! Or isn’t it?



  1. […] a májust képernyőmentes héttel indítottam (screen-free week posztok itt, itt, itt és itt), és egyáltalán, én is érzem, hogy túl hangos, túl gyors ez a körhinta, muszáj lefékezni. […]


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