My cell phone is my information cue for everything.
From an alarm clock to a calendar notification to message received.
In our society, we are so easily connected to each other through text messages, emails, and social media which we can access on our phones. However, we are disconnected from one another. We spend more time with technology than engaged with our family and friends.
Recently I went a week without my phone or internet (no access). I detoxed from technology and learned to reconnect with myself, my husband, and friends. I spend less time around technology and more time with books, painting, friends, baking, family, and walking.
Rules for Living Life with Less Technology
Let your phone go to voicemail when you are engaged with friends.
Only check your email once an hour at work or at home.
Turn off the TV. Music is much better background noise.
Go outside, go for a walk, and listen to nature.
Play cards and board games like Dominion, Seven Wonders, or Catan.
Talk your dog for a walk or your children to the park. Pack some snacks and stay a little later.
Use a paper map instead of GPS. Learn to read the map and learn where north is. Take a chance getting lost for a little while because you never know what you will find.
Read a book, a real paper book. Smell the pages, turn over the corner, and write a note in it.
Have a cup of tea with your grandparents, parents, sister, and friends. Listen to their stories, their problems, let them vent, make them laugh, let them cry on your shoulder, then hug them.