Switching off to switch on

This isn’t anything new. In fact, it seems to be coming up more and more recently. People are worn out by a constant bombardment of information and easy access into our daily lives.

In fairness, we’ve encouraged it. We’ve set up the devices and bought into the systems that have very quickly taken over our waking hours. Maybe it’s time to take back some control?

Recently, I’ve become more aware of the amount of time sunk into pointless scrolling; being distracted, sometimes not answering questions from my kids because I was ‘busy’ staring at my phone; being upset by something on social media, the news or whatever other online source is pumping information into my phone.

Recently, I disabled most of my notifications. I deleted social media apps from my phone (I now check them on my own terms, on the computer).

My news apps are gone; in fact I now consume very little news. If something genuinely important happens I will find out about it. If I don’t, then it’s usually spin and often something that I don’t need to know about.

I’ve found myself with time, time that I can spend running, on walks, reading, seeing friends and family (not texting them…) - it’s amazing what you see when you’re not staring at a little screen. Most importantly, it plays a huge part in improving my mood, I get less stressed and generally more focused on things I want to be doing.

I used to heavily rely on technology and updates for fear missing of something, now I’ve realised how much I’ve actually been missing by doing that.

And I’m pleased to see that most people are feeling the same way.

Do I lapse? Yes! Then I start again.

Definitely worth giving it a go if you feel overwhelmed.

Rob Key