This week’s Balance Your Life™ tip focuses on taking inventory of your “digital life” and minimizing its impact on your every day!
Thanks to a co-worker, I read a book called “How to Break Up with Your Phone” and signed up for the 30 day break up with your phone challenge, as well. I went into this challenge knowing full well that I spent way too much time on my phone; I just wasn’t aware of exactly HOW much time I really did waste until I actively tracked it.
The whole goal of the challenge was to first measure how much you actually were on your phone vs how much time you thought you spent on your phone. Next came identifying the triggers that would make you reach for your phone (boredom, a notification, etc). Once the triggers were identified, the program set to incorporate “speed bumps” where you could consciously think about whether you really needed to pick up your phone, as well as helping to break the habit of mindlessly grabbing it. The final week was all about building a healthier relationship with your device.
When I started the challenge, I was averaging a whopping 4 hours per day on my phone. Which is INSANE. By the end of the 30 days, my daily average had dropped to 1 hour. In addition to this, I took an inventory of my social media accounts and which accounts I really felt I wanted to keep, and which ones were “fluff”. Because of this, I deleted some online accounts, as well, which will help me down the road to keep from backsliding.
I would highly encourage everyone to read this book and give the challenge a try! Even better, sign up for the challenge and invite a buddy to try it with you. For those tech slaves like me, it really CAN make a difference!
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