Full disclosure; I love my cell phone, my emails and my socials. I love mindlessly surfing the net, and have even sometimes hunkered down to watch Netflix till my eyes bled. I ALSO love the outdoors, dogs, my family, travel, food and all the other juicy things life has to offer. So for the most part, I feel balanced.
Well, at least I thought I was balanced, until I did an audit on my time with technology versus ALL the other things I was doing. Technology won - and by a lot. That’s when I knew it was time to take a look at my love affair with my phone (and computer and ipad) and maybe make a few changes. If you, like me, rely heavily on your technology and would like to continue (but without dependence) try these mindful ways to bring a bit more balance back into your life.
Give yourself the gift of uninterrupted time each day. For at least a half hour.
Turn your phone off one day each week. Truthfully, I am still working on doing this one!
Look at emails at set times of the day (and never first thing as you get up or before bed).
Turn your phone on silent whenever you can.
Avoid taking your phone to any activity where it is supposed to be turned off.
When with family or friends, put the phone away and give your full attention to them.
Technology was invented to make our lives easier and more enjoyable and when in balance this is the case. Sometimes though, our gadgets can make us slaves to our work, bombard us with too much information and distract us from others and activities. Start to pay attention to how often you are interrupted from incoming texts, phone calls and emails. Technology is great until it starts to interfere with our relationships and ourselves. Since implementing some of the above strategies I have found that I don’t feel as stressed and am a lot more present in my conversations with people.
What is your relationship with technology?