- Adopting the right habits will help you be more present and spend less time looking at screens.
- Betty Ramser reveals the habits that keep Jaime off the phone for hours.
- This includes reading physical registers and writing to the register.
If you want to know what has changed my life the most, I spend a lot of time offline. Seven years ago I reduced my social media usage by 99% and I don't feel like I've lost, I feel like I've gained a lot.
I'm quiet, I rarely compare myself to others and now I can't reach my phone for hours.
According to the Berkeley Center for Greater Good Science, screen breakage can cause:
- More current awareness
- Improve your sleep
- Deep relationships
- Improve productivity and learning.
Here are 11 favorite habits and activities that have helped me cut down on screen time and avoid technology:
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Read a physics journal
Growing up in the 90s, I remember the joy of being able to get a magazine subscription or buy a magazine at the grocery store.
Although it's not as common these days, I still love curling up on the couch with a coffee and a magazine.
You can choose gossip magazines or work related magazines.
Go for a walk without your phone
I go for a walk twice a day, but recently I've started focusing on my surroundings instead of my phone.
Sunsets are even more spectacular when I pay full attention to my surroundings.
One of the many things I loved about my paternal grandmother was the joy she found in nature, simple pleasures like seeing a butterfly or hearing a bird sing.
When you learn to truly appreciate the trees and the sunset, you will remember that every day is completely different.
Remember you will never see the same sunset and I will have another day like today.
Enter the library
Try visiting the library when you need a break from your busy day. Browse the shelves or be quiet and people watch.
You can try your local public library or university library.
Do a puzzle
My maternal grandfather and my husband have a lot in common, one of which is solving mysteries.
Solving puzzles can be a great way to unwind after a long day. It also helps to have a few minutes to work on a puzzle when you're stuck on a difficult problem and want to focus on something else.
To do an exercise
I met hula hooping in college through a friend; I've been hooked ever since.
Not only is hoop walking a great workout, it's a fun and inexpensive activity that you can do anywhere.
Write in a journal
Journalism is a wonderful pastime that can be enjoyed at any age and there is no right or wrong way to do it.
- Keep track of what you've done every day
- Write about your feelings or emotions.
- Think about your goals and dreams
- or the above
If blank pages scare you, try using a notebook with special notes to help you get started.
Find a book on a topic that interests you
Make a list of subjects you've always wanted to learn, things you didn't learn in school, or things you'd like to explore more deeply.
Maybe you want to be a better speaker to be more confident in meetings, or maybe you've always wanted a special place like the Titanic or Egypt.
In a world where social media is a hobby for many people, learning a new skill or pursuing different interests can set you apart.
Go to a coffee shop with a friend and chat without looking at your phone
I did this recently and it was fun.
If you don't have a friend to go with you, take a book, magazine or newspaper and go alone.
You're probably thinking how much fun this can be, especially if you work from home and spend most of the day alone. You will leave the house and enjoy the smell of fresh coffee.
Take up an old hobby or skill you've been forgetting
I took piano lessons as a child for several years, but stopped playing in high school. I recently decided to take it up again.
I understand more and more how important it is to have hobbies and interests that have nothing to do with our computers or cell phones.
If you play music as an adult, you can avoid the solo gigs and homework that you may have had as a child.
Start a garden or buy some plants
Herbs have many health benefits, including:
- Reducing stress levels
- Focus attention
- Help you recover quickly
- Increase productivity
- Improve your air quality
Once I have the space, I can't wait to start growing my own vegetables. But now I agree with some indoor plants.
If you're in the middle of summer, bathing may not seem like much, but consider saving it for fall or winter.
You can add some Epsom salt and bring a magazine or book, but whatever you do, don't bring your phone.
Imagine you are coming to the end of your life and someone asks you how you spent your time.
How do you respond to the current answer?
Now that you know your biggest pastimes are browsing Netflix and social media, see if you can add at least one more step away from your phone.
I promise it's worth it.