Unplugging has it’s benefits, but there are costs
Recently, I have acknowledged that I have a difficult time disconnecting for certain amounts of time. There are so many things buzzing, beeping, and flashing for my attention these days. All of my senses are under attack by my own devices, and I hate it. However, I find myself coming back to the tasks that fighting for my attention. I believe that there is something at work here: a lack of intention.
Plan Like You Mean It
Intent is defined as “plan” or “purpose.” It is what you plan to do with the time that you have. My problem is not having a plan to lean on. Our advanced technology gives us instant access to each other in ways that could never be imagined. Every buzz or flash has robbed my attention, resulting in major distraction. The notifications provide a plan that has dictated an immediate response from me.
Lack of intention or a plan can be the root cause to several things like overspending, overeating, lack of sleep, and lost of time. In all of these examples, I sacrifice important resources for an immediate result because I had no clarity for a desired end result. I thought that I would try something out and experiment.
Act Like The Plan Works
I have started to stop watching television and be in our bedroom by 9 PM. Prior to that, I try to have a cup of Organifi Gold (check it out here) to help me relax for the night. I go through a nightly routine and read a little bit before bed. The last few nights, I slept well for once. I still have challenges disconnecting, but I have made some significant progress. My hope is that I can achieve those great results consistently .
Technology is a wonderful tool, but it is a tool. It is a great servant, but a very poor master. Throughout this journey, I plan to document my process as The Art of Disconnecting. I will try things out to see if I gain any value from them. You, the reader, may find value in some of these ideas as well.
Do you have a hard time putting the phone, tablet or computer down sometimes? Leave a comment below.