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.