Today, I have a desktop computer, a laptop, a smart phone and a tablet all in sync with each other. I can get my schedule from my phone or watch a movie. Through Facebook and Twitter, I can keep in touch with hundreds of friends and family. It was a wonder I could accomplish anything in the dark ages of my childhood. Of course with such a deluge of gadgetry at my finger tips, I am always connected. Someone can always find me. Solitude is hard to come by.
As such, I have decided to incorporate tech free days into my life. On these days, I plan to shut off my cell phone and maybe read a book. Not on Kindle, but a book where I can turn paper pages and hear the binding creak. I will shut off the television. I will stop to smell the roses. I may even fly a kite. These will be my Ben Franklin days. In addition to being a statesman and founding father, Franklin was a noted author, printer, scientist, inventor, satirist, civil activist, postmaster, and polymath. He did this all without even owning an i Pad. I can only assume the Philadelphia Best Buy was sold out. So how did Ben Franklin accomplish so much? Take a look at his daily schedule. You may want to copy it into your Google calendar.