You know that times have changed from when you were a kid when you brag about reading a damn book. When I was younger, all I did was read. I loved it. I still love it! But what happened… Oh yeah, THE INTERNET.
Cutting off my abilities to surf the web has caused me to read a book in four days. Awesome! I feel so good! And proud! All for reading a book!
I don’t want it to seem like this blog is all of a sudden a place to bash technology, because it isn’t… I write a daily blog for goodness sake. But, for some reason, I get a lot more satisfaction from finishing a book than I do from surfing the net.1 It weirdly makes me feel more like myself? If that makes sense?
I haven’t totally banned technology from my life. On Wednesday and Sunday I have no restrictions. Wednesday it’s so I can work on and promote this blog. Sunday is for funsies. But I’m balanced. Limiting my access five days a week has brought so much balance.
Last night, Zach and I spent the night working. I wrote my book, and Zach edited a video for his YouTube channel. It was so lovely. So quiet. So productive! And I credit that to us limiting Netflix.
That’s right. We no longer use Netflix. At least not regularly. Zach deleted the app from his phone and computer, so he no longer has access to it at all. I took the app off my phone2 and can’t use it on any days but Wednesday and Sunday. So, if we really want to have a movie or TV night we either have to do it on those two days, and plug my computer in to the TV, or we watch a DVD! Old school.
Basically, we have taken away a lot of the easy ways for us to get distracted. It’s still possible, but we have to try a lot harder. And I find that when it’s not at my fingertips, I’d rather work on my own projects than fall into the TV watching that has sucked so much of my life in the past five years. I mean really, how many times do I need to rewatch The Office?3
It’s definitely better for my mental health. We all know that people only post their “highlight reel” or as Dr. R likes to call it “the vodka commercial.” People make it seem like they are always partying and having fun and life is good. I know, because this blog is the opposite of that, sometimes, and people tell me I’m “so brave.” Because telling the world that you’re struggling, or feeling down, is something rarely seen, especially compared to carefully curated Facebook and Instagram feeds.
A lot of people tell me they could never do it. My challenge to that is: try. See what happens. I’ll write a post about the apps that work for me to help you get started.
Have you ever deleted your social media or restricted your phone time? How did it go? Let me know!