Originally this was an experiment about social media but completing it has made me realise it is much more about my phone.
We don’t need to fill every gap and every available moment with phone scrolling. Deleting social media apps from my phone has been an absolute game-changer.
I started yoga recently and I love the way it brings you back to the present. I have been suffering from a bit of anxiety recently and I am sure a lot of it stems from worrying about the future. I know that I need to be more present and enjoy what is going on right now.
I am loving the opportunities that I get to just sit and be.
I am enjoying not wasting time.
Now that I only use my phone for calls, messages, photos and the odd bit of satnav and googling – it sits unused most of the day.
I’m filling my time with activities. I’m reading and writing again. I have just graduated from a beginner’s yoga course, I have taken up climbing and re-joined the gym.
The surprising thing is that I don’t really miss the phone scrolling. I’m getting far more out of NOT having it than whatever I was getting from it before.
The main annoyance has been realising how much of the online world is linked to Facebook. My colleagues and triathlon group all communicate through FB groups and events. My friends all organise parties and nights out through FB events.
Loads of things, like Spotify, ask you to login via FB and it takes away any hassle. It has become the universal way to login and share data quickly. So, to keep up with events, I have decided to keep Facebook on my laptop and check it a couple of times a week. I have no desire to re-download it on my phone.
I want to share less online. I don’t understand why we feel we have to tell everyone everything going on in our lives. It’s nice to keep a bit of mystery.
Yes I went on an incredible trip to Scotland and did some amazing things (including meeting the delightful hairy coos) but I don’t need the whole world to know it for it to mean anything more than what it was – An awesome weekend with great friends making memories.
I went climbing in Dartmoor and sat looking at the beautiful scenery for hours. I felt so happy and so peaceful just sat with no sign of a screen anywhere.
I’m also going to go old school and use an alarm clock. This will give me a chance to turn my phone off way before I sleep and only turn it on once I am ready for work. That way, reaching for my phone will not be the last thing I do at night and the first thing I do in the morning. I don’t want my life to revolve around my phone.
I’m disconnecting from technology so I can re-connect with myself.