Unplug from technology

How many of you feel like you have a hard time managing all the technology in your life? I am the first to admit that technology sometimes gets in the way of truly enjoying my life and simple pleasures. Between cell phones, email, twitter, facebook, and much more, these wonderful accessories can stop you from really living your life. Technology can be a huge distraction, not just a luxury and necessity. If you find yourself wasting hours at a time on facebook, you are missing a huge portion of your life. If you are checking your email while at a child’s soccer game, you are not engaged in the moment. If you find yourself distracted from your “real” life because you are preoccupied with your tech gadgets, it is time to take a step back. Some examples could be that your work isn’t getting done, you are not engaged with your kids, and it feels like your time is slipping away. I used to fall victim to this trap, but I have gotten much better over the years. I am much more aware when I need a break. I simply walk away from the computer, turn my phone on vibrate, neglect to answer phone calls, and enjoy the moment for what it is. I feel so much better when I do this. I am not asking that you walk away from technology forever, that is simply unrealistic and counterproductive, but I am asking that you do it every now and then. Technology can be your friend or it can be your enemy. You choose. This week I want you to simply be aware of how much time you are losing to technology. Does it support you to live your best life or does it hold you back from living your best life?

1. Create awareness
    The first step in creating any change in your life is creating awareness. You need to be aware of what is going on before you can take action to improve it. Keep a journal and jot down how much time you are spending on your computer, on your cell phone, on twitter or facebook. You need to be honest here. Don’t be afraid to really look at how you are spending your time. This will show you whether or not you need to make some changes.
2. Block out times
     Something you may want to try this week is blocking out times where you do not engage in any technology. Maybe between 5-7am in the morning you don’t look at your computer or check your blackberry. Possibly dinner hours between 5-7pm you are completely engaged with your family-no technology allowed. Pick times that work for you and try it out this week. See how you feel at the end of the week.
3. Be in the moment
     Something very important is not missing highlights of your life due to checking your cell phone or computer. If you are at a child’s soccer game, but you are constantly distracted by your phone, what is the point? You are not there emotionally anyway, so you may as well be somewhere else. If you are having lunch with a spouse while updating your blackberry, are you truly nurturing your marriage? Of course not. Put the technology away when you are with your children or family.

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