The internet is an amazing thing. Seriously, it helps me do so much more than I used to. But then I wondered if there was such a thing as too much internet. I have internet at my home, at my private practice, even on my phone. Did I actually need to be that connected all the time?
My wife watched Oprah one day, and saw Suzy Orman talking about cutting back on stuff to save money. Sounded like a pretty good idea to me. Then we thought about cutting back on two things that really were means of entertainment and business for us.
Our Cable TV, and Our Internet.
I capitalize Our, because it is something we had grown so accustomed to, and it felt like we were entitled to it. So my wife and I decided to go on a little experiment. We decided to go one month without solid TV (alright, we have rabbit ears, but still) and internet at the house and see if we could survive. We were scared to death that we would be climbing up the walls after the first day.
You know what we discovered?
We actually really like each other. A lot.
Instead of spending time ignoring each other and watching TV, crap started getting done. She’s being more creative with her handmade jewelry. I’m designing my website (offline) and making progress there. I’m coming up with more things to blog about (imagine that). There are other areas that have improved dramatically as well, but I’ll leave that up to your imagination.
The point is, we were initally trying to save money, and we ended up having a lot of fun instead. Sure, we’ll save $105 a month, but what we’ve gained instead is so much more valuable, I don’t know if I want it back…ever.
Are you up for the challenge? Give it a try. You may find that what you thought you needed, you really…well, don’t.