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I am a massive internet addict, so one of my big goals in life is to keep my laptop shut tight for a bunch of hours each day.

Did you know there is a whole world out there, full of things to make and do and learn that have NOTHING TO DO WITH BEING ONLINE? I’m not bullshitting you. Sometimes it’s just a bit hard to remember this. I’m assuming I’m not the only one.

With this in mind, I brainstormed some ideas for activities that have nothing to do with being online, and I challenge you to print out the following pdf and work through as many as you can or want to.

Click on the image below to download the pdf, and then see below for more information on some of the prompts.

Ideas for getting offline and unplugging so your brain doesn't turn to goo

  1. Write a short story about your hand. If you do this, please send me a copy of the story. Anybody who writes a story about their hand is the coolest.
  2. Buy a sketchbook and fill it in one day. It needn’t be a huge sketchbook, and it needn’t be filled with masterpieces. In fact, you could always just make a small sketch or random lines on each page to go back to another time.
  3. Discover coloring pages.
  4. Memorize a short poem or passage from a book you love. Here are some Discover coloring pages. that I dare you to learn.
  5. Rearrange a room in your house. I love that new outlook you get when your furniture is changed around.
  6. Buy a cup of tea and wander around a bookstore. Or smuggle out a beer in a travel mug and walk around downtown. The point here is to wander aimlessly.
  7. Volunteer at an animal shelter. Animals are awesome. Shelters are awesome.
  8. Bake a cake. Make this chocolate sheet cake if you suck at layer cakes, as I do.
  9. Write a letter. Write it to yourself if you feel like it. Or a celebrity, a 94 year old aunt, your son, Santa Claus, or a fictional character.
  10. Do crayon rubbings all over your house. I bet your dwelling is full of textures just begging to be crayon rubbed.
  11. Do a sun salutation, then sit and think for 10 minutes. Just set a timer and let your mind wander.
  12. Make a magazine faces collage. This is good fun for anyone and will crack you up.
  13. Do an entire 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle. Start early!
  14. Color-code the clothes in your closet. I have arranged my clothes by color wave, and they make me happy every time I look a them.
  15. Foot soak! Sugar scrub! New toenail polish!
  16. Do a tangle drawing. Relaxing art-making that everyone can do.
  17. Play a board game or solitaire with actual cards. Here are some cards since you probably have a deck with only 12 cards left in them.
  18. Take up Bullet Journaling. Be warned: Addictive organizational pastime.
  19. Wander aimlessly and take photos of small things. This is simply to get you looking for cool little things out in the wide world.
  20. Make your own butter, then make your own bread. Shake up some heavy cream in a jar with about 3 marbles for a while to make butter. It’s totally satisfying.

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