I think it's safe to say most of us struggle with disconnecting - it's how our society is wired now. We have literally everything at our fingertips, and if we suddenly want to know the weather in Tangier or watch a squirrel surfing, we can in that instant.
As a blogger it is especially hard to disconnect as we are constantly keeping up with our blogger friends, social media accounts, audience analytics & more...but nowadays in any kind of business, it's the same story. So how do we protect from being completely saturated towards a device and still appreciate moments when we don't rely on technology in every step we take?
The more I dive into the blogging world, the more I am realizing I need to be purposeful about disconnecting and giving my mind a break - so here are a few tips on disconnecting in a connected world.
1. Get an alarm clock :: Most people would say they have their phone in their rooms as an alarm, so this is a simple solution! You will be less likely to look on your phone before going to bed, if you can't sleep throughout the night, or before you get out of bed in the morning, if your cell phone is in another room. We don't have a landline phone at our home, so keeping your phone close enough that you will hear it ring in case of emergency is suggested, so maybe across the room on your nightstand? The point would be to keep it away so you aren't tempted to go on it. You can also download a cool clock app and get a cellphone stand & charging station to put on your nightstand, or get this sweet alarm clock.
2. Don't check your email for the first hour of your morning :: Give yourself time to slowly wake up your body and mind. Enjoy your quiet time and your coffee without filling your head with the stresses of the day already. I find I am able to grasp my attitude for the day & have a clear idea of what I truly want to accomplish before distractions come in and start to change what I was hoping to do. I also assume if there is an emergency that needs to be dealt with asap, you will receive a phone call.
3. Carve out allotted time to check/browse social media :: It's easy to go into a social media tailspin when you are checking it any free moment you get...it's very easy to get lost in photos & articles. I suggest carving out half an hour in the morning, half an hour in the afternoon and half an hour at night (as an example) solely dedicated to browsing your social media accounts. Even as a blogger it is so hard not to be continuously checking it, but unless you are doing something time sensitive - the same photos and information will be there later in the day, you most likely won't miss out on anything.
4. Cook from a cookbook :: If you are like me, Pinterest is your cookbook - it's the easiest way to have thousands of recipes at your fingertips with whatever ingredients you have, usually with step-by-step photos...could cooking be any easier? But there is something to be said about getting your sticky fingers on the pages of a recipe book while you work out each step (without pictures!! haha) This will also ensure you are focusing on reading the recipe and cooking the food instead of scanning the web while you wait for the page to unfreeze or your onions to sweat. I have been trying very hard to cook more from a cookbook than Pinterest (okay - maybe it's more like 80/20 in favor of Pinterest, but we all have things we need to work on right!)