I hope all is well with you and that your Memorial Day was spent, to some extent, doing what the holiday was created for – in memory of the men and women in our armed forces. Those that are currently serving and have served for us in all capacities.
Well, it came to fruition this weekend. Yes, the DDO or “Dedicated Day Offline” happened on this past Sunday. As you remember from a previous blog post, I initially called this a “Digital Day Off”, but I thought the term was too broad and would have to included most, if not all, things digital (HDTV, mobile phones, etc). My reason for conducting this exercise of “virtual abstinence” was to assess how much time I spend online, and to see if the time spent doing what I normally do was actually robbing me of reaching goals.
Was a DDO really necessary to conduct this assessment of time management? No, I could have just decided to allot only a certain amount of time to every aspect of my online daily routines (which probably could have been easier). I also chose a regular day to do this, because that type of day is one where I am not removed from my normal environment. To be away visiting, on vacation, etc., would have made it easier to realize a DDO. Easy would have been less of a challenge.
So what did I do with my dedicated day offline? I used a good part of my time to improve my financial budgeting/investment literacy and to revamp a financial SPD (“systematic plan of development”) for savings, investing, debt reduction, and retirement. I also got a great nap in during the early hours of the afternoon. ;-)
Coming up next week: Task management on the iPhone and iPod Touch!
Have a great day.