Motivation Monday: Tech-Free Time Out Challenge
Each Monday, we're rolling out a new challenge to change the way you think, act, do, or feel. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to be motivated to try something different for a week. And if you love it, keep it going!
We all love our gadgets and there's no denying what a great impact they've had in our collective lives. But there can be such a thing as too much of a good thing, including too much time spent on our phones, tablets, computers, TV, and whatever other screens are invading your life. Some people will go on full-on technology retreats, but this week's challenge is a little more moderate than that.
In short, we're challenging you to eliminate technology from your life for a set period of time, each and every day. The length of time and start time are totally up to you, but the rule is simple: stay away from anything passively electronic. What we mean is all of those gadgets we just listed are off limits, but spending time in the kitchen making a fun dessert or going for a walk and taking photos of nature with a camera (not a phone) are a little more acceptable. If you can find an activity that completely x-nays tech from your life, even better.
We strongly recommend making your technology cutoff in the hours before bed, as countless studies have shown the 'blue light' most of our devices give off is stimulating to the brain and disrupts our sleep, but choose a chunk of time that works for you.
Also, try to make this time an active part of your day or night. Saying that you'll take a break from tech by spending an hour cooking dinner isn't really actively disengaging. Choosing to say no technology after 8 p.m. until bedtime is. If you're in a position where you aren't stuck at a computer all day, try giving up technology for the first few hours of the day, and only log on / check your phone from lunch onwards.
This challenge should help you assess your reliance on technology, and also open you up to taking time to enjoy other types of activities. Use your tech-free time to work on a favourite hobby, like origami or sewing, or devote it to physical exercise or just experiencing nature. Unplugging from the world is never a bad thing - consider it 'me' time and enjoy every second. Don't be afraid to get your family involved too!