The past few weeks we’ve done prep work so you can take a 30 day break from problematic technology in your life. To recap, this included…
Starting TODAY it’s time to put these plans in action and kick off your 30 day detox/declutter.
The first two weeks of this detox will be the most challenging. Hang in there! Answers and insights will likely come to you in the moments of silence that occur in the next 30 days. Make sure you listen to them.
While your detox is underway, we’ll be shifting focus to talk about how to recalibrate your life. This will include clarifying what it is you value, examining the content you consume online and off, and, (our focus for this week) exploring ways to build better balance between your online and offline lives.
As we discussed last week, over the next 30 days more time and space will open up in your life. At first, you should concentrate on filling these openings with the things from your list of alternate activities. However, once you become more comfortable with the process of switching out one habit for another, you can start to become more strategic in your approach.
Just as with a physical detox, as you remove things from your “diet” that may have previously contributed to you feeling bad, you’ll want to also start adding things specifically because they’ll make you feel better.
From a wellness perspective, there are five activities that tend to get neglected when we’re overly reliant, dependent, or distracted by technology. (Coincidentally, they’re the same five activities most often shown to lead to increased health, happiness, and satisfaction with our lives.)
Obviously there is overlap in these categories. For example, spending time in nature often leads to moments of deep thought and creating art often becomes an exercise in deep work. The point isn’t to parse out the details between these five categories, but to consider them as a collection — the “ingredients” from which you can start cooking up a more healthy, balanced, and sustainable life for yourself.
As you progress during your 30 day detox, it will be important to augment your list of alternate activities with projects or activities related to any of these five categories.
It’s okay if you use technology as part of this work, (for example, using Google Maps to chart a new hiking course, or Meetup to find and join a new club.) Just make sure the technology in service to the activity, not the activity itself.
Congratulations on reaching the half-way mark on this eCourse! I appreciate you going on this journey with me.
Next week we’ll continue talking about how to use the free time that opens up during your detox, making sure you start filling it with activities that align with your core values. I look forward to seeing you then.
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