Did you know that the average person looks down at their phone more than 150 times a day? Broken down that equates to once every 6.5 minutes.
I will be the first to admit that I feel lost without my smartphone. However, I’ve been thinking about the need to put our phones down for sometime. As much as I love the technology of my phone, my ipad, my laptop, and the computer in my car (that connects to the internet), I sometimes want to unplug and disconnect from the world.
When Emily announced the July challenge of 12 Months of Bliss, which involved making a list of habits and choosing one that needed to go, I already knew what I wanted to focus on. For months, I have felt I have spent too much time looking at a screen whether it be my phone, ipad or laptop.
Some of my habits included: looking at my phone (which is charged next to my bed) almost always first thing in the morning, writing blog posts after 9:00 PM on a regular basis and using my downtime before bed to view Instagram and Pinterest. The screen of an electronic device is not living; yet I sometimes feel like I am always looking at a screen.
The screen of my electronic devices are used
- to take photographs
- to provide my music during my workouts
- to keep me connected to my physician and nurse when I am at the hospital
- for communication via texts with my friends
- for all my documentation with patients and clients
- research and grading of papers
- writing blog post and creating handouts for clients
- for social media connections
Sadly, I want to acknowledge that I often feel I am not connected enough from a blogging or social media perspective. I know there are updates I would like to do and changes I would like to make but that involves looking at a screen. Life is going on while I look down at the screen.
I realized early in the month that I simply needed to make some adjustments in my routine. I have been successful in not looking at my phone (or computer) until I am dressed in the morning. Whatever news is in my social media feeds can certainly wait. Sadly, I have not been as successful with my unplugged time of 9:00 PM. I partially blame the continued daylight time as my mind isn’t ready to begin shutting down.
I consider this month’s challenge one of awareness and something I plan to continue to work on. I realize with the beginning of the college semester, I will once again return to grading papers via a computer screen. I also will need to reevaluate when I will spend time writing and researching for blog posts and information for my clients. I do desire to change my social media presence but I am uncertain of what I want that to look like.
My hope is to always help others live healthy and happy lives (after all the title of this space is How to Make a Life), I owe it to myself and my readers to live a life outside of a screen.
How connected are you to your screen? Are you able to take time away and put it down? I would love to hear the good and the bad.
If you are new to 12 Months of Bliss, each month Emily will post a new challenge which encourages you to explore yourself and begin a journey. The challenge began last month with mailing personal notes and cards to someone on a weekly basis. Although I did not mail cards weekly this month, I have mailed multiple cards throughout July. My goal is continue each challenges as I move throughout the year.
It’s not too late to begin the challenge!