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So, recently I read a post about how we’re all addicted by out phones and other electronically devices. Unfortunately, I can’t find the link, but you probably know the story anyway.
The main talking point in the article was the fact that we always look down. We always look down at our screens – when we’re walking, when we’re talking, when we’re waiting for the bus, when we’re working out etc. We never look up and we never see what’s around us – usually, not until it’s too late.
First Step Towards a Better You Is To Admit the Issue
I’ll admit it. I’ve been super addicted to my phone. Constantly in need of checking social media to see if anyone posted something I don’t even need to look at, if someone reached out to me or whatever it might be. I’ve been there. I’m still transitioning from that stage of addiction to not using it so much.
I actually talked about this issue a while back and challenged myself. I called it – Being Free In A World Of Electronics. Here, I talk more about the “addiction” and the challenge, so feel free to read it.
Small Steps Is the Key
Just like with any other, small steps is always key. You can’t change overnight – maybe you can, but you shouldn’t.
Taking small steps every day, every week, every month etc. is key to make a change and actually sticking to it. Drastic changes overnight will most likely backfire.
Put your phone away for an hour every day. Don’t look at your computer until you have to go to bed. You know the drill. Do less electronics.
What Changes Have You Made, Junior?
Well, every morning I take the Luas (the train here in Dublin) to go to work. It’s about 25-30 minutes each way and it’s easy to pick up the phone and actually just scroll through Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram etc., because – let’s face it – commuting is boring!
I’ve been staring at that thing for an hour every day while commuting, only to sit 8-9-10 hours in front of a computer at work, only to go home and play games on my computer. I could easily sit in front of a screen for 12+ hours every day.
So, what I did. Small changes, remember. I decided to put my phone in my backpack when I travel to and from work. It might not seem like a lot, but instead of looking at the same old Instagram “look-at-me” posts, I actually get to see people in real life. I get to see the beautiful scenery from my work to my home. Most recently, I actually talked to a complete stranger in the Luas as well.
Pretty cool, right? You can do the same.
It’s a small change that has made the difference to me. I don’t feel as tired when I get home, because I actually get that “break” in between work and home.
Try it. If you’ve done something different or wants to try this, feel free to let me know – would love to hear what you’ve tried, maybe I can do it too.
So guys. Put that phone away. Look up. Smile. Talk. Take breaks. Make small changes. And soon you’ll not even notice that your phone isn’t in your hand anymore.