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.
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.
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.