self-mastery journal

hide yo kids, hide yo wifi: why I don’t have internet at home.

I didn’t install internet at my new place.

While saving hundreds of dollars is nice, no home wifi has improved my focus, intentionality, productivity, and general sense of ease:

  • Focus. There are fewer interruptions, allowing me to focus for longer periods of time. Long periods of focus breed creative insights.
  • Intentionality. Instead of clicking attractive links to arrive at some random video, I consciously choose books I want to read. I also walk 15 minutes to the library with a list of things I want to get done on the internet. I’m learning to use the internet as a tool instead of the other way around.
  • Productivity. All of the time I spent websurfing is replaced with more guitar playing, cooking, and writing. With the primary source of instant gratification removed, I can spend more time doing delayed-gratification activities that are more fulfilling in the long run.
  • Sense of ease. With less exposure to bad news, dings and blings, look-at-me Facebook posts, and clickbait, I feel more at ease in my day-to-day activities. My head has less clutter.

Eliminate the wifi in your living space, or at least ration it. You’ll save money, time, and in the long run, yourself.