2 Strategies To Help You Disconnect
Technology can be great. Example – I’m writing this on my iPad in my car between appointments. It allows freedom to have access to things we didn’t have before. But it can also cause ills that could be dangerous to your health your mind and especially your goals.
What do I mean? Let me explain.
So I was at a children’s museum with my family. I admittedly did have my cell phone in my pocket but hadn’t pulled it out of its residence since entering.
As I walked through the museum and had an urge to reach for my phone as my children were off playing, I paused to take notice of my surroundings, and realized they had all been infected…..with cellphonitis.
Parents littered throughout the museum were on their phones not engaging with their kids. Whether checking Facebook or sending texts or checking email ( as I have been guilty of in the past) it was evident, almost like the plague, all were infected.
I quickly dropped my phone from my grip in my pockets and saved myself as if injecting the antidote at just the right moment.
Example number two.
I went to eat at a diner with my family after church one Sunday and happened to notice a couple eating their lunch. Both had their phones out and were busy pounding away at them occasionally discussing what they had found on their phone or whatever they were engaging in, neither looking at one another.
So why attack the phone? Because it can secretly attack your goals and dreams.
Who has a goal of being a disconnected parent? Who has a goal of being an emotionally detached spouse? Who dreams of being attached to the Internet instead of enjoying the present and present company?
There is a need for our phones. There is a place for our phones. But be careful you are not infected by this dangerous disease overcoming our world and keep building relationships with those right in front of you. Keep the phones for alone times and phone conversations.
Here are 2 Strategies to help you avoid cellphonitis and become more productive:
Have a time of Disconnect
I recently read an article in Success Magazine about one journalists week of complete disconnect. It was a big challenge for her, but she survived and even thrived.
She read more, talked more and took more walks. It was refreshing. Ultimately it wasn’t quite as productive because many of her normal job routine involved being connected, but it proved the point that you can survive being disconnected.
Find a time daily that you completely disconnect. Read, go outside, talk or play with your kids. Do something to avoid the “boredom” syndrome that leads you to your phone again and again.
If asked the best advice I ever received I would quickly answer: Read more books.
This wasn’t the advice I wanted, but it was the best advice I ever received. Reading connects you with information. It makes you a student – even when reading fiction. It makes you a better conversationalist and it makes you a better writer.
How do you do it? Well just read 10 pages a day of something. Even a slow reader can do this in under 20 minutes. Start with magazines if you have to. Eventually migrate to books that improve you and make you a better person, spouse, parent, boss, employee or whatever area of life you want to improve.
Just read. You do have time. You just choose to use it for other things.
So now you have the cure for cellphonitis. I hope it doesn’t infect you this week.
Tell me, when or how do you disconnect? Comment below
Until next month…..focus on the moment and avoid the disease….cellphonitis.