When is the last time you really gave yourself a break…from technology? This weekend in my GPS to Success Seminar we had a discussion about technology and what can happen when you take an extended break. We did live (or at least I did) for many years without a cell phone, or the need to check email constantly.
As technology gadgets grow, the time, desire and ability to go without or turn them off appears for many people to be harder and harder to do. But all that time you are “on” needs to be balanced with time you’re “off.” Take time to sit in stillness and quiet, take some deep breaths, meditate, visualize and listen for the inspiration and information you receive.
What would happen if you created balance every day? One of my big pet peeves, is people walking their dogs (see pet peeve!) while texting or talking on their phones. Take the time while you’re outside to disconnect, look at what’s on your path (trees, sunshine and more), take deeper breaths and notice how much fun your dog(s) are having. I don’t even carry my phone with me when I walk, it’s dedicated doggie time.
Since most of the people I talk with really struggle with finding “ME” time, I’m going to ask you to accept a one week challenge. Are you in? For the next seven days:
1 – If you sleep with your phone by your bed your first challenge is not to pick up your phone the minute you wake up. Put it in the bathroom. Start your day by making a list of five things you’re grateful for instead. It will completely change your energy and level of stress.
2 – When it’s time for lunch, put your phone down. No texting, checking email, or being rude to the person you’re having lunch with by being on your phone while you’re with them. Lead by example and inspire others.
3 – When you get home from work, set a time that you will turn your phone off. Hey—even the dogs (or cats) know you’re distracted if they’re anything like mine. Turn your phone off for at least 60 minutes before bed. You’ll sleep better.
4 – Rinse and repeat. Wake up and do better on day two, than on day one. You can do it, I believe in you!!
Will you join me in this challenge? Reply “yes” below and let me know how you do. I love hearing from you.