knitting a lot, sewing a bit, drawing and I even made a little sculpture :)
Apchue's Life List
1. Have more fun
2. Take life easier and laugh more about it, like I used to once
3. keep in touch with old friends
4. Love in a better way
5. be a better daughter
6. Find a job which is great for me in all it's aspects
7. Become Financially Independent
8. be more assertive
9. Be a better friend
10. be a better listener
11. eat healthier
12. Practice Yoga
13. be more active
14. learn to dance
15. Give small, self made, funny little gifts to people I know, for no special reason
16. Improve my Russian, so that I'll be comfortable with using it
17. have a garden
18. Get over my fear of driving
19. Dress great every day
I mark this done. I don’t use it almost at all, except for special cases, for example when meeting someone in another city.
I prefer the goal-name “reducing use to minimum”, because it sounds nicer to me. But I wanted to have this goal in common with more people… so let it be..
Actually, it’s been two months for me of almost no-using of the cellphone.
I’ve been planning to do this for a long time, but the triger was that I forgot the mobile at my parents’ home, and decided not to head back there and to do without for a week or two until I visit them again.
I was a little stressed at the begining, but I did a couple of things to make that week-without-mobile really easy:
- I have a regular, landline phone at home, which I believe is essential if you don’t use cell phone. (Skype maybe an option too).
- I wrote an e-mail to all my friends and acquaintances telling I forgot my cellphone at my parents’ and reminding them the number of the home-phone, and telling I’m available at home or on e-mail, or… physically at my home, which is actually an option too for contacting me :)
- I gave my family my number at work.
- I had all the phonebook from the cell written in my daily calendar (I did this long time ago, anyway, it’s recommended even if you are using the cellphone, to back it up in a hardcopy).
- I put a simple watch in my bag (I don’t wear a watch and I used the cellphone for this purpose too).
That first week without the cellphone was fantastic!
I didn’t even realized how deeply annoying was the cellphone for me until I stopped using it – constant awareness of the phone, dozens of checks whether I’ve got an SMS or missed a call (and I’m not really that “popular”, the checks were usually in vain ;-) ) or what time it was, always a “readiness” to answer any phone call no matter what I’m doing. Couldn’t really be “in one place and one time” because the phone dimension is always there, too.
If I forgot the phone for one day – always worrying whether someone tried to call me…
Although I think I was a moderate user of the cell phone, for example I didn’t use the internet, the camera, music options, and didn’t have a smartfon, it still was a very big relief and sense of liberation.