Welcome to week two of your digital detox! I hope things are continuing to go well for you. (If not, revisit your rules, tools, and plans and keep trying.)
Hopefully in this first week you’ve noticed some space opening up in your life. After talking in week 10 about taking a more balanced approach to filling that space, this week we’re going to pull back the lens even further to assess where your life is headed overall.
The best way to do this is to assess your core values.
Living a values-driven life is a key component of wellness, but it’s something we haven’t been able to focus on until your detox started. (It’s difficult to get in touch with your deepest hopes and desires when you’re being interrupted by technology hundreds of times a day!)
Your values are not the same as your goals. Values are like your North Star, guiding principals that point you in the right direction on the road to life. They’re words like, “authenticity,” “kindness,” “success,” or “playfulness,” while goals are more like check-lists of worthy accomplishments, (Get a job I love! Have a baby! Visit Fiji! etc.) that happen during the journey.
When your values and your daily habits/behavior are out of sync, it can cause a lot of unhappiness and dissatisfaction in your life, (for example, if you value “family,” but rarely spend time with yours because you’re always wrapped up shooting the perfect Instagram pic or playing your favorite online games.)
So this week I’m asking you to take a moment and figure out what’s really important to you. This will help you be more strategic when you add technology back into your life in a few weeks, choosing tools that help you stay pointed in the right direction, rather than jumping back into a noisy void.
To identify your core values, I’d suggest doing the exercise excerpted/summarized below from the book LifeScale by Brian Solis. (I encourage you to read the whole book if you have time.)
Grab a piece of paper and complete the following steps.
I encourage you to really take your time with this exercise and give it some thought.
Next week we’ll continue to expand on this conversation by looking at how your values are affecting the content you consume online and off and introduce the concept of your “mental food plate.” I look forward to seeing you then. Thank you for stopping by!
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