Admittedly, the first thing I reach for in the morning in the cell phone. Now it does have my alarm on it. Actually it has lots of alarms. Wake up, take Littlest to school, send Youngest Twin out to catch the bus, pick up Littlest, and pick up Youngest Twins go off throughout the day.
In fact, my phone keeps track of everything I need to do in a day. It has my daily calendar and to-do list on it. Appointments beep at me to remind me that it’s time to get ready/get in the car and go.
But after turning off my alarm in the morning the first thing I do is typically check email/Instagram/Facebook/Twitter/whatever game I’m playing at the moment.
Now, clearly, I love social media. I’m a blogger! I love getting to share snippets of my life here each day. I love the interaction with friends and family across all the social media platforms. But there is a time and a place for everything.
And in the morning specifically (for me) it’s too easy to immediately get caught up in what’s happening on my phone.
So I’m going to try a couple new things.
The first unplugging goal is to wake up with intention each day. That starts with using an alarm that isn’t my phone. An actual, honest to goodness, alarm clock. I even already own one.
I also need to actually get up when the alarm goes off and not hit snooze for 30 minutes.
Because part of my goals for waking up with intention is to get back to a routine of exercising first thing in the morning. For me, it’s the best time of day for it to actually happen. Wake up, drink some lemon water, and get sweaty.
Then it’s time to get the kids up and focus on getting them ready for school. And then I can start the other parts of my day.
My second unplugging goal is a day each week where I really just unplug. My chosen day will be Sunday.
Okay, now what will ‘unplugging’ actual entail?
For me it won’t be totally unplugging, like no cell phones/tablets/etc. whatsoever.
My goal is for this day to be less about texting and more about seeing people in person. Having friends and family over for dinner. Or at the very least talking on the phone.
Reading books with my kids. Taking walks. Playing games.
Maybe even taking a nap (scandalous thought).
Tent camping this summer forced me to take a tech break. Not a lot of signal out in the woods where we were. And it was lovely sitting around the campfire just relaxing.
I know every week can’t be a vacation, but I would like to carve out some time each week where my focus is shifted. Where my thoughts aren’t centered around FOMO (fear of missing out). Anyone else have that?
We’ll see how it goes and I’ll let you know.
Do you take a tech free day? Or unplug for a certain amount of time each week? Let me know!