No Internet. No phone. It’s something we all fantasize about. But not the first official week back after the holidays.

This is one of the downsides of living in the country. Your Internet is subject to the whims of the weather – too much rain, wind and snow – and it’s down.

However, trying to put a positive spin on it, I found it amazing what work I did get done without my usual business playmates.

First I was able to get ready for my intern who starts on Monday. Second I was able to get some other paperwork completed that likely would have sat on the back burner. And I even tackled some accounting. Now, you can tell it’s quiet when…

And it was quiet. With no phone, no email to send, receive and reply to, my time was wide open and I couldn’t even distract myself with social media and disappear down the rabbit hole – better known as Facebook. No, it was just me, my computer and my thoughts.

It left time for long-term planning, for meetings to determine what next and OK – I confess, time to curl up and read a book.

We rarely get that opportunity to go off-line and while at first, I admit I was horrified, it really is so much more relaxing. You are not at the beck and call of other people. I remember someone once saying that email is someone else’s work and agenda. I think that’s true.

The other thing I observed is that we’ve come to expect instant responses to our emails, so if there isn’t a prompt reply, we start to ask why or make judgements on the efficiency of the recipients. Hence I spent time when I was able to respond to folks, explaining my Internet had been down.

But my major takeaway is life goes on, whether you have Internet or not, and taking an online break is actually good.

Anne Day

Anne Day

Company of Women

I have had an eclectic career from running non-profit organizations and being editor of a national magazine, to working for government on women’s issues. In 2003 I launched Company of Women, an organization that supports women in business. A prolific blogger, I also write for the Huffington Post, and several other online publications. I am the author of five books on women and entrepreneurship, and co-author of Good Enough. Embrace who you are. Unleash your brilliance. which is available on amazon.ca In June, 2016 I launched Full Circle Publishing offering one-stop services to get your words out into the world.