My brother in law JL pointed out that sleeping for the day would be ok but the challenge would be living for a day. He's right. So what are the things we'd do without?
The obvious things are anything with an on off switch or that plugs in.
Driving the car is out. Riding a bike would be ok but only during the day would it be safe. I can't imagine riding with a candle on my handlebars. :)
There wouldn't be refrigeration without electricity. So does operation of the stove, microwave and toaster oven. Would I be willing and/or able to not use them? And still eat healthy? For one day, probably. I think it becomes a challenge for most of us beyond that.
I can't magically start a garden (have you SEEN my yard?) and I have no desire to start hunting. So assuming I am limiting myself to no personal electricity I could go to the store but it would take careful planning not to be running to the store often. That would lead to a very unproductive day.
Plumbing is an issue as well. Bringing water to the house takes electricity somewhere along the line. Even houses with well water use a pump these days. Could I fill bottles of water the day before and get by only on that? I bet it would be hard to estimate the amount needed. Indoor plumbing is a convenience we don't even think twice about. I'd need enough water to drink, flush the toilet, and to wash - me and the dishes. if the experiment went long enough then laundry becomes an issue too!
It would be a hard day's work just figuring out how to manage the day without electricity. I'd likely get nothing else accomplished! On the other hand it could be a very interesting and enlightening experience.
What would you miss most in a life without electricity? What would you miss least? Do you think you could do it? I've touched on a few things....What else would be challenging?