Be aware of how you spend your time.
Recently I noticed how I spend a lot of time on my mobile phone with mind-numbing activities. Playing games, reading so-called “news” items or scrolling through Instagram and Facebook instead of feeding myself with useful and informative information which would be pointing me in the right direction for achieving my goals.
Don’t get me wrong, I love technology. Secretly I am a nerd. I think technology is wonderful and makes our lives easier (most of the time). However, we can choose to use technology in ways that negatively impacts our lives. It could potentially be making us lazy and not as proactive and motivated as we could be.
Please find some tips below to help you once you start noticing your technology habits.
It’s time to get smart!!
First of all, you may consider doing these four things:
Distracting Apps: Delete them or at least turn of the notifications so you aren’t tempted to reach for your mobile every 5 minutes.
Un-follow People/Groups: From your news feed find and un-follow the people or groups that aren’t assisting in adding to your knowledge or happiness.
No Phone Rule: Set and stick to a no phone rule for the same time everyday. For example, no phone after 9pm. Put it on charge and turn it off.
Change your Habit: Un-train yourself from looking at the phone the first and last thing you do after/before sleep. Set the phone away from your bed.
Next step is to fill your empty time with useful and informative information found online:
Read a Book: Find an interesting e-book to read. Fiction or Non-fiction. Self Help or Self Improvement. It doesn’t matter. If you can’t sleep, read a boring book. The book that you couldn’t get through. You will be asleep in no time.
Have a Bubble Bath: Give yourself some “me” time, with no distraction. Light a candle. Play some meditation music which can be easily found on YouTube. Appreciate the warmth of the water. Notice the rise and fall of your chest with every breath and how the bubbles move with the water ripples around your body. Do nothing but observe.
Stretch: Give yourself twenty minutes to stretch. Google one or two easy Yoga poses and try to master them. Or if you have a specific problem, eg sore back, google the best stretches for that area. Start with 2 to 3 times a week and then soon you will be doing it every day.
Get off YouTube: This is for those addicted to cat videos and TV series. If it’s a documentary or one of the many TED talks, then sure.
Go for a walk: Even if it’s only twenty minutes and around the block. Maybe you could ask the neighbour if you could take their dog too. Or sign up to Borrow My Pooch! (Australia)
Talk with Friends: Pick up the phone and have a real conversation. Or talk on Messenger in real time. Connect with your friends.
Learn a new skill: Cook, play music, write stories. Find recipes online. Find tutorials on YouTube for your favourite musical instrument. I learnt how to play Colorblind on piano with the following YouTube Tutorial. Sign up to Writer’s Agency, Hey Publisher and Medium to write. The best part about some of these channels is that once you are good, you can get paid!
Research Shares: Create your own game and play with paper money. Keep a track of your profit and losses. Maybe one day you will dabble in shares for real.
Journal: Write a journal. It could be broken down into specific areas, eg, goal setting, dreams, unanswered questions or thoughts and places to visit. You can keep track of these thoughts in the notes area of your phone OR create a closed page in Facebook to keep track. My dream journal on Facebook is called “Castles in the Sky“.
Send your Mum an email: Tell her how you’ve been and what you are up to. Include photos. You will really miss talking to her one day.
Research Travel Destinations: Start reading up on places and countries you have always wanted to visit or find interesting. Find travel blogs with tips from other travellers. My next interesting destination to look up is Cuba.
The information provided in this article is based on my own goals and dreams. I hope to get you thinking about your own habits to enable you to reach your goals.
I wish you all the best with securing your dreamed up future.