Recently I was out of town for a few days with limited (ok, almost zero) internet access. It was scary, but then a funny thing happened...the world kept spinning even without my fascinating blog posts or tweets. No crises arrived in my email inbox (because they never really do) and no one ranted about not hearing from me (that hurt a tiny bit, but I'm ok).
And...I relaxed. Being connected all the time makes me anxious, like I'm missing something and I have to constantly be available for the latest email, tweets and blogposts. Disconnecting helped me gain some perspective.
I've had a couple of different work from home jobs and overall, I love that option. But, one problem with it is that work is always there. You can shut the office door (or, in my case, clear off the kitchen table), but you know it's there and calling you.
As a writer, your work is never really done because once one book is done, there's always at least one more to write. It's sort of like getting all the laundry done and sitting back and thinking you'll never have to do another load...ha!
So, how about you? Do you feel like you might be too connected? How do you find a balance? Any tips or pointers for the rest of us?
P.S. I realize that a blog post about taking time away from the internet seems counterintuitive. It might be, but this is what's on my mind this morning.