....screen time, that is.
Recently a little seed of an idea was planted in my head and ever since I heard about it, it just kept growing more and more. This January I joined a book club called "Better Than Before" based off the Gretchen Rubin book with that exact same title. In the group each of us pick one habit that we are going to work on for the month. While one of the book club member habits intrigued me, I just wasn't quite there yet. I read her blog post about it, admired her... but still I just wasn't ready.
I'm talking about being on my phone.
Honestly, it's always something that has bothered me. If I'm out with friends and notice that we are all on our phone, I will immediately put mine down just because I realize how absolutely silly we look. I feel very fortunate that I'm of the generation who grew up cell-phone-free but also am grateful for this awesome tool we literally have right at our fingertips. I feel as though I can appreciate the lost art of an engaged face to face conversation or know how fun it is to pick up the phone and TALK to someone rather than communication via text for hours on end.
Lately, my own personal phone usage has been bothering more than ever. Last night was the last straw. I always find myself looking at my phone out of sheer habit, whether it be that I'm bored (or I think I'm bored) or I'm procrastinating from completing a task.
Last night though, I could NOT fall asleep. So, I picked up my phone as a way to distract my brain. I thought, "sure, maybe I'll look at this until I'm tired and then I'll fall asleep." But it didn't work. The light bothered my eyes, and it just made my wheels spin more.
So, today starts a new challenge for myself. Tonight, I'm going to turn my alarm on for the morning, plug in my phone and be DONE looking at it by 9:30 p.m. That's it. That's the challenge I'm setting for myself. Seems simple enough, right? We'll see. It's worth a shot and I can't wait to see how it makes me feel.
Other things I am willing to try this week:
-Not be the first one to get out my phone when meeting up with friends
-Call someone this week when I think of them instead of text them
Who's with me? Who's up for the challenge?