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Pledge To Get Offline, For GOOD Health

David Zimmerman

Being digitally connected at all times might sound good in theory, but studies show it’s affecting your health in some pretty bad ways. We at At The Pool were inspired to start a project to motivate people to get offline to improve their mental and physical well-being. Take the pledge to get offline at www.getthepool.com. In the meantime, here are 7 ideas to get you started. The rest is up to you!

1. Start a conversation with someone new
2. Get involved with your community
3. Spend more time with your friends
4. Do something GOOD for the environment
5. Pay it forward
6. Leave a place better than you found it
7. Learn something new

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  • Hannah KimHannah Kim

    Hi GOOD community!
    I'm going to try this "do" for the following week, and then I'll check back in next week with the results! :)
    If you guys have already done this/have any tips or activities I can do, please share ! :)
    I think I'm going to start by limiting my time online (on my laptop and phone) to only necessary things (work, communicating plans with people)! Especially on the weekends so I can spend more time doing cool things. Feel free to share any ideas/thoughts with me!

      • Hannah KimHannah Kim

        Hey! So it's finally been a week. And I have to say, I definitely had mixed results. I forced myself to not be on social media sites/apps on my iphone for this week and it was such a struggle. It made me realize how attached I am to social media sites- it's incredible, it's like a reflex and an addiction.
        I was able to successfully stay off Facebook/apps (like instagram/games) but I definitely had a day or two here i was watching a lot of shows online instead of doing other stuff.
        Whenever I had tasks to do online though I outlined them thoroughly which really helped me to get in & out and not spend hours getting distracted in the interwebs.
        I ended up doing some pretty interesting stuff with my time offline- like hiking and cliff-diving! And spending one-on-one time with friends- it's definitely more rewarding than pursuing some psuedo life online! :) pretty good, I want to do this more often and incorporate it into my daily life.

    • David ZimmermanDavid Zimmerman

      Sounds great! I know that I personally need to check social media and email less on the weekends. For work, I have to constantly stay up to date and responsive during the week. I'd love to hear how the progress goes for you.

  • Julenne EsquincaJulenne Esquinca

    I have tried the previous "To do" Electronic Shabbat on weekends and has worked perfeclty GOOD hehe for me and also, I could have inspired friends to unplug on weekends and rest.
    I can also share that there is a very nice application called Pomodoro, in which you can settle tasks and work on periods of 25 minutes + small break of 5.
    This has been tested as a pretty good tool to focus your attention and not feel stressed at all, also you can try on those periods to breathe deeply and bring your mind here and now :)

  • Julenne EsquincaJulenne Esquinca

    I have tried the previous "To do" Electronic Shabbat on weekends and has worked perfeclty GOOD hehe for me and also, I could have inspired friends to unplug on weekends and rest.
    I can also share that there is a very nice application called Pomodoro, in which you can settle tasks and work on periods of 25 minutes + small break of 5.
    This has been tested as a pretty good tool to focus your attention and not feel stressed at all, also you can try on those periods to breathe deeply and bring your mind here and now :)

  • alskiaalskia

    Well, obviously some people might need an online tool to tell them that they have to stay offline sometimes. This is were we are. My guess is that the "at the pool" team did some research about the niche market of this tool, so, it must make sense to some people. I am not one of them, but if this effort makes us all better, I am with you guys!

  • Mary-Anne LomasMary-Anne Lomas

    I vow every morning to just sit in front of this screen for one hour, which quickly turns into 2 sometimes 3. Before I know I've wasted a whole morning or afternoon and feel horrible. They say sitting for long periods of time is worse than smoking, so I am taking this vow and sticking to it. Now to get my daughter to do the same, that will be the challenge!

    • David ZimmermanDavid Zimmerman

      Best of luck getting your daughter on board! I am very curious about what it is like to raise a child in this current state of technology growth. I have personally lived through the transition, but it must be difficult for someone who is born into a place where it has become socially acceptable to have your phone out at the dinner table, to know any different. The communication barrier seems greater than when I was growing up.

      • Mary-Anne LomasMary-Anne Lomas

        We certainly have our share of battles about her length of time on the computer. But she's not gaming so that's where it becomes tricky. She's taught herself some programming which they say is the next generation of literacy, and she's teaching herself 3D animation. Her dream is to one day work at DreamWorks, she is also a moderator on the popular MineCraft game. She's not into Facebook or random chats, she doesn't have a cell phone or tablet, she's actually doing something constructive. That being said, I feel it's out of balance, and it's been harder than ever to enforce time restrictions during the summer. It's definitely proving to be a challenge, I can only hope it pays off for her down the road.

        • Mary-Anne LomasMary-Anne Lomas

          Point to note, I just rollerbladed downtown and back 15km round trip, while she stayed home and on the computer...I'm scared for her really. She's a thin wisp of a girl, but that doesn't mean your exempt for heart disease or other health problems associated with inactivity. I hope she follows my lead sooner rather than later!

  • John WynnJohn Wynn

    Awesome David...your commitment is inspiring...keep it going.

  • Denesha BrarDenesha Brar

    This is fantastic - I find I only switch offline when I leave the country or go on vacation. I need to start making my weekends or evenings 'vacations' to facilitate switching off.

  • Alessandra RizzottiAlessandra Rizzotti

    I read all day Saturday every weekend to make this happen for me. Thanks for sharing David.

    • David ZimmermanDavid Zimmerman

      Glad you liked it! Thanks for sharing ways to get offline, that sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday.

  • Dillon ConstableDillon Constable

    You realize this article is online, right? It's kinda like a TV commercial telling kids to go out and play. In order to be successful it must fail, a little.

  • judy.prejeanjudy.prejean

    The irony of posting online about getting offline.

  • Brandie JuneBrandie June

    I have started washing the walls of my dining room to prep it for painting!

  • Paris MarronParis Marron

    I've started taking walks to the beach in the evenings with my husband and dog. It's a great way to get some exercise, step away from technology, connect with each other, and get some fresh air!

    • David ZimmermanDavid Zimmerman

      That's awesome! I like to leave the phone in the car and run straight to the ocean for a sunset surf after work.