I’m all about being productive and efficient. I love ticking things off to-do lists and achieving things. I love measuring progress and watching things grow as your efforts pay off. There are some sneaky things that can get in the way of progress however – technology. Whether it is mindless web surfing, hours spent on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube or posting endless photos to Instagram, technology has entwined its way into everyone’s daily life.
I sometimes battle with these technologies. I alternate between wanting to fully embrace social media and other platforms or completely shun them all together. A large part of my life and mantra generally is about getting back to basics. I apply this analogy to food, relationships and life generally, so why not apply them to social media and technology? On the other hand however, I find some social platforms of huge benefit in getting my message out there, staying in touch with people and keeping up to date with the world generally.
But how much is too much? I personally would like to break away from my relationship with technology and social media. For a start, I have committed to checking (and responding) to emails only three times per day – once in the morning, once in the middle of the day, and once in the early evening. After that last session, I will not check them again, no matter how many times I hear the little pinging noise of my Outlook program. I have only adapted this time-saving mechanism lately but it has made a complete difference in my levels of productivity and mental clarity. Emails no long disrupt me and muddle up my day by adding thousands of further tasks to my list of things to do.
Starting this weekend, I would love to have a day where I switch my phone and computer off completely and engage fully with the world. No Facebook or Twitter. No Instagram. No distractions. I want to be out in the real world, with real people, to have real discussions and real experiences. Breaking free from the hold of technology is definitely one detox I do welcome.