Life is really hectic, we seem to need to do a hundred things at once and technology has enabled us to do that. But sometimes the technology that we rely on our day to day tasks actually gets in the way of us doing what we actually want to do. I can recall countless times when me and my friends are all sitting around a table together – a perfect opportunity for any interesting or meaningful conversation. However, instead of conversation flowing we are sat there on our smart phones – checking email, texts etc until someone makes a comment about it and all one can hear are faint smirks from everyone around the room. Obviously this sort of behaviour doesn’t happen all the time, and we are not inept of conversation but sometimes I feel mobile phones can get in the way.
My mobile phone usually stops me from focusing on the task at hand. So today I decided to continue reading my book but I’m going to leave my mobile at home today as well as my iPod and my laptop. How often have you had days when you’ve just switched off from your digital self? From my experience today it was very beneficial. I spent 5 hours in a coffee shop with uninterrupted reading from updates, calls and texts. The hot chocolate and carrot cake was yummy too! But aren’t you afraid that you’ll miss out on something? I hear you say. Well, I was a little bit worried but when I came back to turn on my laptop I had not missed out on anything important and I saved myself hours of endlessly refreshing my Facebook/emails. Instead it gave me three benefits:
- Less stuff to carry; all I had on me was my book and a £10 note for drinks.
- Complete focus on what I love doing; without the needless distractions.
- A more productive and fulfilling day.
I believe everyone should give their digital selves a rest every so often. It allows us to reflect and calm our minds and inner soul. Are you ready to unplug?