I had to stop doing this. It wasn’t helping me start my day or even productive to read news updates first thing in the morning. I also stopped watching the news first thing in the morning. I realized I didn’t want to start my day that way and as we all know, it will change in a couple of hours.
Do you find yourself tethered to your phone, can’t imagine being without it, and forget about actually going out without it for even 30-minutes? What’s wrong with this picture, why have we become so dependent on this device to get us through the day, to provide us with all the latest news, keep us up-to-date with the latest trends, stay connect with people by scrolling through their most recent status updates, pictures, and worrying we have missed out on something. Is this really what this has all come down to? What happened to our face-to-face conversations, actually connecting with people and spending time together? Can’t we get all of our updates by just talking to each other?
I hear so many of my clients talk about how distracted or even addicted they are to the news and how it's affecting them emotionally. They hate getting all the news alerts because it is going to change in a couple of hours, but they want to stay connected. I have challenged my clients to limit their news intake, uninstall the news apps from their phone or at least turn off the alerts if they don’t want to go without access completely. The thought of not having a news app on their phone is daunting for some and welcomed by others. I know that limiting my news intake has helped me in so many ways. I set the boundary for myself that I don’t start the day with MSNBC or CNN, and I don’t check the news before I go to bed. If I get an alert on my phone during the day, I don’t read it and move on with my day.
I was recently on a trip to Dublin and during my trip, I didn’t watch the news, I didn’t check it on my phone, I rarely checked Facebook, and I didn’t miss out on anything. It took the pressure off me to stay so connected, and I gave myself permission to do this, which was the best thing I could have done for myself. I highly recommend you try this.
Have you ever considered cleaning up your digital life/workspace?
- Clear away any unnecessary apps?
- Conduct an audit of what is installed on your phone, your tablet, computer, etc. What’s necessary to be there and what are the distractions?
- Have you ever tried going 24-hours without your phone? What about 1 hour? If the thought terrifies you, maybe this is why you should try it.
- Are you so addicted to your phone that you take it into the bathroom with you?
Ask yourself, are you ready to change your relationship with technology?