I unplugged this week. And now I feel like I just returned from an expensive spa!

We have had this week’s vacation planned since – well, since we signed up for our little cottage last year around this time.

Usually, on vacation, I load every electronic device I own along with our usual luggage. In years past, I have found vacations to be my most productive writing time. But for some reason, last year and this, I’ve been dismally unproductive. As I analyzed why that was, I studied my behavior on the vacation week we took in June. What I discovered should have been predictable, but took me by surprise.

Every time I turned my computer on to write in the wee hours of the morning when no one else was awake, I took a “quick look” at what emails and social media posts I’d missed since the previous morning. Next thing I knew, the world around me was wide awake and all I had done was respond to what I found on line.

Result: absolutely no writing emerged from my right brain or my computer. I came away from vacations feeling like a dismal failure.

Heading into this more recent vacation week, I had just completed a block of 10,000 words for my new novel. I decided to take a PLANNED break both from writing and my obsession with emails and social media. I arrived at this morning feeling refreshed and not the least bit guilty about the near-total detachment from obligations of both the writing and on-line variety.

Of course, I had to spend much of today catching up, especially on emails, since that’s where I get most of my bill-paying reminders.

But now, bills paid and email box delightfully empty, I’m looking forward to diving into a day of productive writing when the birds wake me up tomorrow morning!

Lesson learned: unplugging and just going with the flow is both refreshing and good for the soul.

Try it!


About Dawn Essegian Lajeunesse

I, like so many others, am a novelist struggling for recognition. My last three novels, THE EYES HAVE IT, IN HER MOTHER'S SHOES and STAR CATCHING, are available in e-book format through Amazon and other formats by request here or on my website. AUTUMN COLORS was my first novel and is still available through Amazon and B&N in multiple formats. My early writings are women's fiction, one also suitable for YA. My work-in-progress is a historical fiction about the Armenians who settled in Troy, NY in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Come visit me at my website: www.dawnlajeunesse.com.
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3 Responses to UNPLUGGING

  1. geekkat says:

    So true!! but sometimes it can be hard to do 🙂


    • It only worked for me this week because I left all electronics home except my phone. I did have to use some willpower with that! Whenever a message popped up I asked myself the tough question: does anyone’s life depend on my immediate response? The bottom line was not a single life altering item came my way that couldn’t wait five days😆.

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