I am way too addicted to my phone.
It is wonderful having a smart phone and I don’t know how I lived without it. But it is consuming me! A little self analysis found that I was constantly on it, looking at Facebook, reading odd articles, Instagram, and the most time wasting of all – addictive games.
I would let my baby cry a little too long while I checked one last post. My husband and I weren’t having much conversation in the evenings. My list of to-dos was growing without getting touched causing me to get overwhelmed. Falling asleep became a struggle because of the fast paced thoughts running through my head. And I had nothing to show for myself from this lack of attention to the real world.
Time for a change. I needed to Unplug. And maybe you do to.
Unplugging applies to all forms of electronics. My main issue was the smart phone, but if you find TV or browsing the Internet to be your time sucker, focus on unplugging the one that brings you down.
These five reasons for you to unplug are not just for yourself.
- You can build better relationships with those around you, most often your immediate family. I would even recommend to pick one day a week to be completely unplugged and spend it with real live people.
- You will sleep better at night. Rest your eyes from the screen and your mind from the fast paced information age.
- You can finish your to-do list and projects. Its amazing how much you can get done when you aren’t constantly fiddling with your phone.
- You will find time you forgot you had. When you were younger, don’t you remember the long summer days filled with all kinds of fun? That time can be found again when it’s not filled with meaningless electronic “entertainment.”
- You may even find you save some electricity by turning off your computer and TV for a time. I don’t know how much they really use, but it has to make some sort of difference. And saving energy is always a good thing.
It can be a difficult habit to break. But it is so beneficial. I’ve experimented on myself the past couple of weeks and found some tricks to help keep my fingers from swiping across my phone and checking the latest updates on my feed.
Here’s what I found to be key to unplug from your electronics:
- Turn off notifications. – No more messages flashing across your screen prompting you to check what’s going on. It probably isn’t that important.
- Delete or set aside special time for games on your phone or computer. – Weekends and off time are allowable games times. (And maybe the occasional waiting room time that always takes forever.)
- Put away or turn off your phone, TV, or computer at least two hours before bedtime. – This lets your mind unwind and decompress from the onslaught of information.
- Work time is work time. Same with school and homework time. – This won’t apply to every work situation, but for me the ability to “multi-task” was bringing me down. No checking social media, reading unrelated articles, or if applicable having the TV on in the background.
- Find other things to fill your time. – If you are a doer like me you will need to find something else to keep your hands from being idle. Finish the projects you’ve started or read a book in the evenings.
It may be a process to break some habits that have formed. But I can guarantee you it will make a difference in your life if you make a few changes. Electronics are a great aid to our lifestyle and I am so thankful to have immediate access to information or entertainment. Letting it take control of my time is another matter. Finding a balance between the screen world and the real world is so very important to living an abundant life.
How will you unplug from your electronics?
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