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Be more ‘in the moment’

April 24, 2017
unplug from technology

I always remember my Father saying “Excess of everything is bad”.  I realize this fact is true everywhere – Be it Food, Exercise or Technology.

In today’s world where everyone has access to overdose of information-Each one of us need to unplug from technology on daily basis.

With my full time IT Job, I need some time to rewind and refresh after a long day in front of the screen. At the end of the day, I feel like a caged bird waiting to fly.

My days does not complete without breathing out in fresh air.

 

Things you can do occasionally to unplug from technology:

  • Leave your phone home once a while when you are out for a walk or attending a function or party.
  • Do not pick your phone until it rings.
  • Keep your phone away from you may be in other room.
  • Do not turn ON TV whenever you get bored or you have free time.
  • If you love to read- Open your reading tabs and disconnect form internet
  • Keep 1-2 days  of the week as no-social-media days. More is always better 🙂
  • Fix your online hours for the day and limit the total time online.
  • Play pretend-island-life with Kids with no technology around.
  • Do not check your phone while on road- even if you are not driving.
  • Try to delay the responses. Set fixed time frames of the day to reply to emails and messages.

 

unplug from technology

Switch to any Social Media channel and you would find mind-numbing debatable posts. But the mission here is to not get involved in any Political or religious discussions. Try to go in Mute mode whenever you find any kind of agitating posts.

Alerts and Notifications are a curse and not a feature, they kill your attention span. The moments you hear or see the notification, your attention diverts which reduces your productivity.

 

For me, Weekend days are only to unwind and unplug.

This weekend, I attended a Party where we were 9 people. 1 was busy putting up the check in status over Facebook, few were busy reading and commenting on the status. There was less face to face communication and it makes me feel sick. How we are running away from real conversations, how we are turning into shy, less confident people who do not engage in real talk but perfect at posting those fake status. How we are becoming less social without even us knowing that.

Do we consider the ones socially active over media, as Social people?

 

Multitasking is one of the gifts of this fast technology based Era. But its certainly not for me. Whenever I experimented with it, things just got messed up. I believe in doing one task at a time. Interesting read from Larry Kim explaining why Multitasking serves us no good.

 

Next time you feel like unplug from technology. Do this-

  • Visit a park or Find a peaceful corner at your Home
  • Sit with no gadgets around
  • Listen to the chirping of birds
  • Watch the butterflies flutter
  • Watch Flowers bloom
  • Watch plants wave with air
  • Notice the changing shades of sky
  • Breathe deep

Someone said it right- You can’t be deep breathing and stressed at the same time. Try it by yourself. Its magical.

Gift yourself some free time to rewind.


Are you ready to unplug? or Are you still waiting for the day when your Family and Friends complaints of your time?

Lets not surrender to technology.

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13 Comments

  • Reply Manisha Garg June 6, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Unplug I agree with this. One week with no social media I was in peace…

  • Reply Carol Cameleon May 1, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I try very hard to have minimal online life at the weekends but as a blogger it’s very difficult. I’ve been making more time to read a paper book of late and I’ve definitely noticed the difference. Food for thought here and one that I’m still trying to digest! #mg
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  • Reply Vishal Bheeroo April 30, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I have disconnected from facebook for 5 months and after reading this post, I feel that it ain’t enough. Next step: I will try to disconnect from net at least once a week and leave that handset home during short walks. It’s very true that technology and social media are making us shy, thus, losing the art of good conversation. I can’t remember the last time that I spoke to a stranger in a public place, be it bus or park, even if it’s a girl whom I have an attraction for:)
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  • Reply Deepa April 25, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    Very good points Upasana..We all are so attached to technology these days that we cant stay away from our phones and gadgets. I think we should all try to stay away for some time in a day.
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    • Reply Upasna April 27, 2017 at 10:42 am

      Yes Deepa, I am too trying to not keeping my Phone in front of me unless its urgent. Over the weekends, its totally away from me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Deepa.

  • Reply Reema D'souza April 25, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Sometimes I just go and sit on the terrace watching the sky that is my way of unplugging from all the madness. Loved your tips.

    • Reply Upasna April 27, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Watching Stars is a therapy. But its sad to not able to see them on some days- thanks to pollution. Thanks Reema.

  • Reply Geethica Mehra April 25, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Hey Upasna, that’s exactly what my father also advised. Anything in excess makes you dependent on thing forever. You have given some really nice points to avoid the technology.
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    • Reply Upasna April 27, 2017 at 10:40 am

      This advice from my Father walks with me everywhere. Thanks for reading and commenting Geetica.

  • Reply SoulMom April 25, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    So needed in today’s screen addictive world. Especially to maintain healthy family ties. Good tips shared here.
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    • Reply Upasna April 27, 2017 at 10:39 am

      You are right Soul Mom. Unplugging is required for each one of us- to connect with ourselves and our families. Thanks.

  • Reply Disha April 25, 2017 at 11:51 am

    That’s the irony of our lives,we are connected virtually but not socially. You have given good suggestions to unplug from the technology. Will try to implement atleast few of them. 😃

    • Reply Upasna April 27, 2017 at 10:37 am

      I am too implementing as much as possible. Thanks for commenting Disha.

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