14 Responses to “A Guide to Internet-lite Holidays (or any days)”


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  1. Internet-lite. This I love, Courtney! I just came off a month long blogging sabbatical, and it was one of the best things I did all year. Recalibrated. Refocused. Refueled. Mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

    And we shouldn’t be too surprised that online life goes on … even if we’re not smack dab in the middle of it! And that’s ok. It truly is.

  2. This is a great post. I am going internet lite from 12/24 through the new year. Well, actually, a complete diet.

  3. Jenn

    I love digital sabbaticals/media free Saturdays. Earlier today I was waffling about whether or not I should bring my laptop home to visit family over the holidays. I decided not to. The other action with the most impact for me is inactivating email accounts on my phone. I may feel the urge to check, but when I see that the email accounts are gone, it reminds me that I intended to slow down and gives me the critical few seconds to recommit to why I inactivated them in the first place!

  4. I took your advice about a focus and intentional December from a prior post and wrote down my 3 priorities for December, which will guide me for my internet-lite time from December 20-January 2:
    1.Eyeball time with loved ones with intimate talk
    2. Silent Nights
    3. Baking with friends and family.
    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  5. This is a great post Courtney. Thank you for sharing :) At some point could you write a little more about desire-mapping? What is it and how do you use it?

  6. I think this is a terrific idea to plan in at some point during the year. It feels completely unrealistic to me right now given that I have an e-course that starts Jan. 6th. I love the course and really want to get the word out about it. So I won’t be going lite for the rest of the year, but I’ll keep the idea in mind for another time.

  7. MelD

    I still don’t really understand why so many people allow themselves to be so dominated by something that is intended to be used as a tool, i.e. the human is in control!

    Yes, my phone is next to my bed but that’s because it’s my alarm clock, not because I need to “check” it (I don’t get mails or do FB on my phone anyway). It’s also my bedtime reading. I don’t have any other (landline) phone in my bedroom. And apart from the alarm function, the sound is always off – I choose when and if I want to see if someone was looking for me and can respond as necessary. Or not. As I said, it’s a tool, folks!

  8. As a blogger I write all of my posts on paper first, so that my writing can easily be set down to spend time with my daughter and I don’t have to sit so many hours in front of the screen. I would much rather do something productive with my mind and hands than be “connected” all hours of the day.

  9. Courtney, thanks for this post! So practical. I enjoyed it so much, I made it the focus of my happy-holidays blog post! You can see that at my site. I too am a huge fan of slowing down and being mindful and deliberate about how we engage with technology.

    My internet-lite plan involves turning off the data function on my phone. That way, I can still use it for calls/texts to make arrangements with people, but have to make a mindful choice to check email or social media. Which I’ll be doing very infrequently while I enjoy a 2-week break!

    Thanks once again,


  10. Thanks for the timely post, Courtney. Following your lead, I’ve posted my internet-lite plan, set my email vacation responder, packed some good old fashioned books (the kind made of paper), a pouch of pens and my journal. Tomorrow I set off for the Scottish seaside and a proper off-line vacation.

    Thanks for all the posts and mini-missions of 2013. Your words have made an impact to my year. Best wishes for the holiday season!

  11. Sabrina

    Just about 2 or 3 weeks ago I realized that I spend way too much time surfing the internet and wasted precious time in front of the computer.
    With the help of your “Meaningful Morning Routine” Microcurse I was able to stay away from the computer in the morning (only checking email once on my tablet, I have a gift from you waiting in my mailbox every morning!), and I am getting better to use my time for reading, taking a walk, writing my journal and other more meaningful things.
    During the holidays I will only take my tablet with me to check email once a day and have a look at the weather forecast. Maybe I won’t even do it once a day.
    And I will try to continue internet-lite into the new year and hopefully make it a new habit!
    Thanks for this post, and every post you wrote so far! It changed so much in my life, thanks again!

  12. Lisa Victoria

    Wonderful post! I have left my phone as simply a phone for more than a year now and LOVE it that way, and it’s also less expensive. I did a social media purge this summer, and have pretty much stuck to it since.
    Thanks for reminding me it was time for a self-check and also for digging a little deeper!
    Merry Christmas :)

  13. LLH

    My internet-lite days are almost always unintentional. They just happen because I’m too busy with fun things in real life to even think about going online. Later, I’m surprised to find my phone light blinking to tell me I have emails and text messages, but by that point I’m in no rush to check them. I love those days, and I look forward to finding ways to make them happen more often. Thanks for the extra reminder about how great they are!

  14. Jim

    My life is a digital sabbatical, no smartphone, tablet or laptop makes it possible. When I’m not around my computer at home the internet doesn’t exist,I can go internet free without guilt or reservations. I know I’m in a minority but it’s a peaceful minority and it suits me just fine.

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