My 16/6 Lifestyle Challenge

This summer, I am conducting what I call my 16/6 Lifestyle challenge.

We all know what it means to live a 24/7 lifestyle. That’s where we’re always on, always connected to the internet, and never very far from our electronic devices. It is where for twenty-four hours a day, seven-days-a-week, we are just a couple of pecks on a touchscreen away from unlimited information, unlimited updates from our social spheres, and unlimited distractions.

16/6 is my attempt to counteract that. It is my attempt to find some time for rest and contemplations, and not being at the beck and call of the technology I oh so love to use all the time.

I’m making a deal with myself: I am willing to be plugged-in, and always on, for no more than 16 hours a day, six days a week. In return, I vow to unplug for at least 8 hours each day, and for one full day each week.

I started two weeks ago, and it has been going fine so far, with only a few complications. Over the next couple of posts, I’ll go into detail about what I’m doing to prepare to unplug, and how my challenge is going so far.



  1. This is a terrific idea for so many reasons Mike. You might start a movement with this! I’m afraid that I’ve fallen into the always connected, 7-day a week trap. I’m looking forward to reading future posts on this. Cheers and good luck!

  2. […] week, I spoke about my 16/6 challenge on several weekend morning programs on CBC […]

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