Finding a Better Balance
Would you like to improve your relationship with technology this year?
I’m talking about your digital habits — whether it’s time you invest each day on social media, your phone, your podcasts, your favorite video streaming service, your online games, etc.
Does anything about how you currently use tech devices or platforms feel problematic or out of balance??
- Do you find yourself losing time when you’re online and worry you don’t necessarily have anything to show for it?
- Are you having any trouble concentrating or feeling distracted when you’re not online, or feel like you never get around to tackling what you really want to get done?
- Do you ever feel like your online activities/need to check your devices are compromising the quality of your interactions with people in real life/time?
- Do you ever come away from screen time feeling drained, uninspired, grumpy, or tired, (but maybe also weirdly wired or unable to sleep at night)?
- Have you tried to make some boundaries for yourself — like taking a digital sabbatical, leaving your phone home for the night, vowing to binge watch less TV — and then failed to honor that boundary? Did that bug you?
Maybe you don’t feel like you have a problem with technology, but you also know it isn’t quite working FOR you all the time either.
First, know that you’re not alone… not by a long shot. We live in a digital nation — one that is increasingly unhealthy for us and, “incentivizes forms of engagement that make Americans feel less empowered and more alone than ever.” As this decade of huge technological advancement comes to a close, many of us are realizing that things feel increasingly out of wack.
However most of us have no idea how to fix this problem because we also feel like we need all this technology — our favorite screens and platforms keep us connected to people we love, we use them to make a living, they entertain and inform us. We can’t simply throw out those good things just because they create problems too.
So we don’t… and we stay stuck.
Maybe 2020 is the year to change that.
An Invitation to a Free eCourse
If this idea resonates with you, I’d like to invite you to take part in a free online course I’m launching on January 4. For 20 weeks we’ll explore the concept of digital wellness — how to strike a better balance between our online and offline lives.
We’ll examine how all our screen time — the average American logs more than 11 hours each day —impacts our health and will identify ways to establish better boundaries. We’ll review how to improve the quality of our “digital diet” overall and discuss specific strategies for using both online and offline tools to achieve better health and happiness. And we’ll talk about what do instead of reaching for a screen or hopping on the Internet every time we’re bored, angry, tired, or stuck.
At the end of the 20 weeks you’ll have some clear goals on how to put technology to work FOR you and an action plan to start making some lasting changes in your life.
Participating in this course is easy.
All of the information will be free and accessible to the public at large. Each week I’ll simply share a short post about the topic with some ideas to think about and an exercise (or two) to try.
Don’t worry, we’ll go go nice and slow. Week one will NOT be “Delete all your problematic apps and learn to meditate!” We’re shooting for balance here, not all-or-nothing extremes.
You set the pace in how to proceed from there. Use the information that works for you. Leave the rest.
You have two options for participating…
1. Subscribe to this email list and, starting on January 4, I’ll send you a post each Saturday for the next 20 weeks.
That’s it. Just me sharing the best information I’ve gleaned from more than a decade working with and studying technology and an equally significant portion studying health and wellness. (First lesson I learned? The two don’t always complement each other.)
I hope you will join me for this exciting journey.