I am so grateful for technology. I was a little old fashioned over the last couple of years thinking that picking up the phone was the best way to keep in touch with loved ones and Facebook was a time suck and a way for people to try to “one-up” each other making theirs lives appear perfect. Actually, I still believe both of those things! However, social media and technology has allowed me to start a blog and express creative freedom about topics I am passionate about. Social media allows me a free and easy way to get Habitude Fitness out there! It is so easy to keep up with the news via Twitter. And Instagram, Facebook, and You Tube are where I meet like-minded people, connect in a fun easy way with friends and family, and get some great information for my personal research and development. Video chatting alone has been a huge blessing while living so far away from family and friends. Don’t even get me started on my smart phone! I Phone, Moto, Windows, or Samsung…what did we do before we had these mini computers at our fingertips?
I try not to be one of those people who is on his or her phone while spending time with friends or going out to dinner. Often times I just leave it in the car as not to be tempted. As much as I enjoy being connected- trying to increase traffic to the blog, reading Jimmy Fallon’s tweets, and messaging all my friends-I still consider myself someone who values simplicity. Just like it is good to go off coffee, sugar, or booze for a time, I feel it is good to take a technology sabbatical in much the same way.Though it is hard, I often leave my phone in the house while I walk and play with my dog. It is during these uninterrupted quiet times outdoors that I find time to unclutter my thoughts, get a creative idea, or just feel refreshed and renewed from the fresh air and focused prayer time I have had without being distracted by my phone. I am always glad when I leave it behind…but why is it so hard to make that choice to do so in the first place?!
Personally, I have not had a full day or more technology free since ramping up my usage of technology. But because I am now constantly connected, I am feeling it will be beneficial creatively, mentally, and spiritually to unplug for more than just an hour.
It has even been suggested by some cognitive research that “tech dependency” (particularly due to the web) is crippling our attention spans, wounding our ability to create meaningful relationships, and generating a false expectation that we should be able to be contacted at every hour of the day. –fastcompany.com
Check out these powerful articles on more reasons why unplugging is an extremely healthy habitude.
7 Important Reasons to Unplug and Find Space
Health Benefits of Unplugging and Going Screen Free
Why You Should Unplug
Why Everyone Should Unplug This Weekend
Start with an evening or perhaps a day. Look at your calendar and schedule in your technology sabbatical just like you would a meeting or even a weekend get-a-way. Let me know how your “time-off” treated you.
See you soon…