Technology is becoming increasingly integrated into our lives. The upside about our hyperconnected world is that we can connect to ideas, people, and events all over the world.
I’ll admit I’m a slow adopter when it comes to technology. I was one of the only people I know with a flip-phone for years before I caved and got a smart phone. But now, technology and social media are important ways that I connect with the world and share my offerings with people, so the game for me is about balance.
The down-side about technology is that it can take you out of the present moment; what’s happening right in front of you.
I have a confession to make. I am not a pro at this, I'm totally a student learning how to live in this modern world of technology—being connected yet not getting sucked in. Here are some things I’m learning about technology/life balance:
- Do not sleep with your phone or computer by your bed. I often am tempted to check my phone or computer first thing in the morning (before I even get out of bed). Placing the phone and computer in another room removes the temptation for me. This is extra important because as we are waking up in the morning the subconscious is particularly impressionable. You don’t want to start the day feeling overwhelmed by your newsfeed.
- Take a technology cleanse. Whether it’s for a couple hours or a couple days. Turn off the phone. Don’t check email. Find something else to do!
- Energy clearing. You may notice being on the computer or phone makes you feel tired or exhausted. There are a number of reasons for this. If you can’t avoid being online, you may want to integrate an en energy clearing practice into your routine. One of the most simple practices that you can do pretty much anywhere is this guided relaxation that brings awareness to the body. It's especially powerful if you can do it outside, lying on the Earth.
- Set aside time to check personal emails and social media and stick to it. What I do most days now is I check my emails/Facebook in the morning (for about 45 minutes), and then I do my best to let it for the rest of the day. This has actually helped me respond to emails more promptly (though I'm not perfect), instead of letting them linger in my inbox.
I hope these tips are valuable for you. Also, if you have any of your own please share in the comments below!