Three weeks ago I took on a challenge to cut back on my phone time. It was a little challenging and an interesting mindfulness practice becauseI do like to check my phone upon awakening.
Most mornings I postponed picking it up and wrote in my journal instead. I read more books made out of paper. I started attending a watercolor class. Learning a new hobby helps divert my attention. Real life interactions or meals with friends felt more meaningful.
I was stoked to hear Elizabeth Gilbert speak live last week. She spoke, in part, about how we use our time — are we commenting on social media or working on a special project? Are we binge-watching TV? What’s really important to us creatively?
I got a complimentary Hulu account through Spotify and started watching This is Us. Don’t watch if you like to binge, it’s addicting!
All in all, I was able to cut back on phone time in the morning and throughout the day. It’s more challenging at the end of the day when I’m too tired to do something else, or if I don’t feel well.
I catch myself in the “scroll zone” and choose to disconnect more frequently now. It’s progress, not perfection. I need a telephone and I prefer my smart phone for photos, maintaining contact with friends and music. I’ll never go cold turkey unless a solar flare takes out all our electronics. Let’s hope that never happens! Thanks, Oleskii, for the challenge.