A Game of Phones
The thought of going phone-less for an extended period induces, for many, an existential dread on par with knowing that the Night King is on his way to invade Westeros – but I found it liberating.
I recently forgot my phone at our company holiday party with no ability to retrieve it for three days. I initially thought it wouldn’t be a big deal. The next morning, I still wasn’t feeling any existential dread, but I did begin to realize how different my day would be.
First, I was fully engaged in conversations with my friends and family. I was simply less distracted and living in the moment. Second, I was more physically active. Maybe I was restless because I couldn’t check my phone, but I went for an early morning walk and a yoga class. Third, I was much more spontaneous. My three daughters and I planned an impromptu night out to have dinner and see a musical. We just jumped in the car and bought tickets on the way. Lastly, I slept like a baby! Those bright screens before bed really do mess up your sleep! Having a technology-free weekend made me realize how much more engaged in my life I can be.
Here are a few ways to disconnect (without losing your phone) and break the technology habit:
- Pick a weekend day or days to leave your phone at home and be “screen-free”
- If your phone is distracting you, go for a walk or to the gym
- Create a no technology rule after 8 p.m.
I’m not sure I would’ve given up my technology for a weekend without losing my phone, but I’m so glad I did. Try a weekend without technology and see what new things you can discover. I promise you the dread won’t last.
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