Some days I wake up, reach over and grab my iphone to check emails before my feet have even touched the ground. Ok, that’s a lie. Every day I do that. It seems that in this modern world, we’re always ‘switched on’.
In many ways the advances in technology make life so much easier. We can communicate with friends all around the world from a device not much larger than a credit card. For those of us living in remote and regional locations it allows the sense of being connected despite the fact that geography tells us otherwise. It makes business communication much simpler and more timely whilst also removing physical boundaries: we can work almost anywhere nowdays.
On the other hand, it also means that during a time that should be relaxed and focused on those in our hearts rather than our newsfeed, we can become easily distracted. Just the other night I received a rather rude email at 9:40pm and my mood immediately changed for the worse. When I should be winding down and getting ready to relax, I was focused on that one email.
Why did I even look at it so late at night? Because I can.
We are all so used to the beeping notification that signals an incoming email, tweet or mention on Facebook. It draws our attention and distracts us from the task at hand.
“I’ll just check quickly” you mumble to yourself as you dive into the online community only to surface 20 minutes later.
I’m in digital marketing so don’t get me wrong: the fact that people have become so dependent on the online world is a blessing for me. As a mother living in a small country town it is also my connection to the outside world. I love the fact that I can find someone to chat to in the middle of the night when sleep evades me. Modern forms of communication have become my lifeline.
It’s such a double-edged sword!
So, I’ve devised a plan. I’m going to make these 5 rules my mantra from now on:
- I promise not to read emails after my last cup of tea for the day or before my first cup of coffee in the morning.
- I vow to plug my phone in to charge on the kitchen bench rather than my bedside table (I know I’m not the only one who does that!)
- From now on, I will no longer ‘check in’ on Facebook when I’m in bed!
- After today, I will not be online after the kids get home from school until they’re in bed at night.
- Finally, I will no longer send my husband a tweet – from the couch next to him.
That should cover it, don’t you think?
Do you find yourself spending family time online? What do you do to stop yourself?