Why We Need Digital Minimalism

digitalminimalismDay 7 #FeelGoodBlogging Challenge – Controversy

This is something I strongly believe in and is one of my main business missions. As with many things, there can be too much of a good thing.

What is digital minimalism? Simply, it’s benefiting from technology without it taking over our lives.

It is why I carry around a planner, notepad, pen and pencil. Yet, make use of productivity tools online.

Remembering

If you’re a note-taker like me, it’s so much easier to retain information by writing everything down on paper.

I also use Google calendar for my phone, iPad and computer, but also write in my planner. This way, no matter where I am or what I’m doing, I always know what’s going on.

Emotionally disconnected

It’s amazing how the internet has connected everyone for breaking news, opportunities and networking.  It’s important to connect face to face and emotionally too.

Facebook, and other social media, has turned us into Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, only showing our best side or hiding behind the computer to bully others. What type of example are we showing our children because of this?

Tech

Before typing a post online, I always hand write an outline with notes first. Yes, it saves me time to just do it all on the computer, but ideas and thoughts are more fluid for me not staring at lines to edit.

With so many businesses being run mainly online, it’s amazing potential for finding new customers. Just remember that an email can wait a couple of hours or your need to  put down your phone and rejuvenate.

I understand that the digital world will only get faster so it’s important for children to keep up. But, I don’t think they should be attached to a “smart” phone 24/7. No wonder children are easily bored…

Now, I see people hanging out together, at dinner, usually sitting next to the person they are texting… Seriously? Look at them.

I remember making up games to play and enjoying reading a physical book. Which meant I had to learn to keep myself preoccupied if  bored.

Discipline

It feels like up until our parents, respect was expected and it took patience and setting boundaries to discipline. It seems like an iPad is the easy and lazy way out to handling noise, destruction, or a child that won’t listen.

No, not all parents are like this. It’s what I observe more lately. I’m not saying it’s easy, it clearly isn’t. I am saying, if our parents and everyone before us can discipline, so can we without tech.

Nature

Do you remember running around and playing outside?

After school I’d look forward to meeting my friends to climb trees, build forts in the woods, play in the creek or ride our bikes etc. A neighborhood isn’t the same without kids running around, having fun and laughing together. That’s why I was happy to find a house in a neighborhood like this recently.

Now, when stressed or need to get away from everything, I simply go out on my porch or backyard to enjoy the woods or go hiking in the mountains.

We need to be outside. It’s healing and good for our souls.

Sleep

According to the National Sleep Foundation, The bright lights are tricking our brain into thinking it’s still daylight.

“Artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed at night suppresses release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, enhances alertness and shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour—making it more difficult to fall asleep,” says Charles Czeisler, PhD, MD, Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “This study reveals that light-emitting screens are in heavy use within the pivotal hour before sleep. Invasion of such alerting technologies into the bedroom may contribute to the high proportion of respondents who reported that they routinely get less sleep than they need.”

When I started putting more time into my business using the nightly spurts of focus before bed, it took over an hour to wind back down before I could fall asleep.

I’ve made sure to limit working at night to journaling in a notebook or limiting myself to reading one chapter of a book. It’s been helping and I’m falling asleep at a decent hours now. Give it a try, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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