When I moved into my new apartment in San Francisco, I realized I screwed up – I forgot to get the internet set up! 😛 Well, I didn’t exactly forget – more like I didn’t realize I couldn’t just drive by and pick up the equipment from my provider instead of having to wait for it in the mail. My old provider, Comcast, allowed me to pick up the equipment the day I signed up, but I decided to go with a new one because of poor service. I remember having to fight Comcast reps to honor the promos they promised when I signed up. This new provider is promising double the internet speed for half the price, so I’m hoping the inconvenience is worth it.
In the meantime, I figured, why not blog about this challenge? While I do love the internet (and my job is dependent on it), it definitely has its downsides. For one, it’s very distracting – it’s so easy to waste hours on Netflix, Youtube, Facebook, etc – instead of actually living life. While there’s arguably nothing wrong with watching a few kitten videos to unwind, it does become a problem when you’re spending hours mindlessly surfing the web.
Without internet at home, I hope to see the following life changes:
- More time spent in-person with friends
- More time spent exploring my new city
- More time going to career-related events
- More time spent on “productive” hobbies like cooking, reading books
Since I am a web engineer, this challenge only applies to home internet. I’d still have access to the internet at work (how else would I do my job?) and on my corporate phone. That said, I don’t really spend time on Netflix or anything like that at work, nor do I use my phone to browse the internet. In fact, I mostly use my phone for navigation and the occasional text message. Since I am still furnishing my apartment, I do intend to use my phone to order things on Amazon and price check items.
I’m not specifying the number of days for this challenge because I honestly don’t know how long it’ll take to get service set up. The rep told me 2 weeks, but it could be faster or slower. We’ll see!