The evolution of technology is truly fascinating. The things that are now possible with just a smartphone can really add value and facilitate our lives tremendously. However, as we’ve previously discussed, technology can also be a huge distraction in our lives. Even when we are not actively browsing social media, alerts and ringers can divert our attention, limiting our meaningful connections and conversations. Have you ever been in a half-hearted conversation where your friend or significant other is periodically (or continuously) looking down at their phone? It’s not exactly a great feeling. Not only can it put a damper on our relationships with others, but with ourselves, as well. Many people find they rarely have time to enjoy a personal hobby or interest, yet these are often the same people who are regularly distracted by their technological devices. How much could our quality of life improve if we became aware of this issue, and did something about it? If we limit our tech time, we’ll increase our enjoyment in life by having more meaningful conversations and connections, and by having more time to pursue hobbies and interests that we love. Here are a few things you can do to ‘disconnect to connect’:
If we limit our tech time, we’ll increase our enjoyment in life by having more meaningful conversations and connections, and by having more time to pursue hobbies and interests that we love.
1. Use airplane mode or turn off your phone at the meal table
The meal table is a fantastic place to catch up with people, and create meaningful connections. If you’re looking down at your phone, even for a little bit, it takes away from the engagement and genuineness of the conversation. A great first step in developing more meaningful conversations and connections is turning off your phone so you can be genuinely engaged.
2. Dedicate a time slot in your day for tech-free time
If you’re prone to wasting time during certain hours of the day, set a limit on yourself by shutting down your tech and committing to something new and enjoyable. Maybe you could use that time to meet with a friend you haven’t seen in a while, read a book, or pursue a hobby you’ve been putting off. By committing to this daily tech-free time, you’ll soon find more time to do the things you love.
3. Dedicate a whole day for tech-free time
There are seven days in a week – what’s one of them without tech? While it may seem daunting to some, others may find their discipline in avoiding negative tech behaviours drastically improve. Imagine what you can do with a whole day without tech. Some possible ideas that might help you in your quest to ‘disconnect to connect’ are taking a long walk, reading a book or having friends and family over. How would the quality of our interactions change on this ‘tech-free day’? How would that make other people feel?
Whether you’re only looking to free up a small chunk of time in your day, or looking for a greater challenge to improve the quality of your life, there’s an option for you when it comes to disconnecting to connect. If you try one of these suggestions, you will certainly start to see some positive changes. Try it out and let me know – I’d love to hear from you. If you have any other suggestions, I’d be happy to hear and discuss. Thank you for reading.