I love the idea of unplugging. In the sense of, not being glued to my phone, being on social media less, etc. A lot of this would be impossible if I wanted to continue blogging (since it requires technology and the internet and being on 4 million different social media accounts…) But that doesn’t mean I can’t be better about not always being attached to my phone.
I’m a fan of listening to the TED Radio Hour podcast on NPR (nerd alert). And a recent 2 part episode was about screen time and how we’re all looking at screens a ton more than we used to (including a scary fact about how kids used to not really watch tv until the age of 4 and now they start at the age of 4 months!) Which can be good or bad. So it got me thinking about how dependent we all are on technology etc. As mentioned above, I can’t completely disconnect since I’m a blogger, but here’s how I’m working on spending less time constantly in front of my screens.
Setting no phone times
This is something I’ve been wanting to institute. I get annoyed when other people are on their phones at unnecessary times, so I need to start off by limiting my own times too. I’d love to start making a rule of no phones during dinner, etc.
Printing paper maps
I’ve been in situations where my phone gps isn’t reliable because I don’t have a great signal. I used to always print my route on Google Maps too (which, yes, I know that’s another technology thing…) I’ve gotten out of this habit, but it never hurts to have a backup plan.
Reading physical books
I looooove my Kindle but recently I’ve been reading a few physical books and it’s a nice change of pace. Plus I get less distracted and don’t have the light in my eye right before bed. Though the paper book falling on my face when I inevitably fall asleep is a little more painful than my Kindle… (Oh and I never need to worry about the battery being dead like it seems to always be on my Kindle.)
Oh and speaking of books, add me on Goodreads if you’re a big reader too!
Bringing a book with me
While waiting in line at the grocery store or at the doctor’s office, we all automatically bring our phones out. Instead, I’ve been working on bringing a book (or my Kindle) with me. I can pass the time without scrolling through Facebook updates of people I haven’t talked to in 15 years.
Taking books or magazines to the gym
I use my phone at the gym for music, but it’s a nice break to read magazines while I’m on the elliptical. Again, it’s nice to read something in print instead of tiny internet snippets.
Limiting internet use
So this is one I deffffinitely need to work on. I am constantly on my computer for blog stuff but I need to work on becoming 1 million % more productive. I’ve been starting to make lists of what exactly I need to do on the computer in the evenings. So now I just need to stick to that list and give myself a set amount of time to get it done. So I don’t get sucked down the rabbit hole of the internet and spend 45 minutes looking at pug memes instead of writing blog posts. Oops.
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Hanging out with humans is a good way to not get totally sucked in the internet or your phone. Other humans make nice company and you can have full conversations with them by speaking out loud and not taking selfies. (No judgment – I’m obviously guilty of being overtaken by the selfie machine – see my Instagram for proof.) Non-humans are also a good distraction, such as laying on the floor and playing with my pugs. They like to remind me to get off the computer by sitting on it and giving me sad eyes. Which is a very good reminder for me to limit my screen time.
How do you work on limiting your screen time? Do you set a schedule for yourself or are you not even a screen addict like me?