Are you constantly checking your phone? Do you pick up your phone when you’re waiting in lines, at stop lights, when other people are talking, or you’re watching TV? Have you ever considered trying to break that habit to be more present in your life?
If so, we’ve got a challenge for you!
You may have noticed a trend in the books we are choosing to review – books that focus on tips to lead your best life and be your best self (click here for those book reviews). A continued theme in these books is how hard it is these days to be present in the moment as we are constantly distracted. Not surprisingly, one of our main distractions is the cellphone. Yes, that beautiful device that you may even be reading this post on. It is the source of so many distractions during our day – email, text, calls, social media – it is just too easy to be available.
So for one week, May 13th through May 20th, we are committing to the below set of rules in an effort to be more present in all of our daily interactions. And, we are encouraging all of our readers to do the same!
Here are the rules:
– During the workday, set aside three predetermined 15 minute windows when you can check social media and only check during those times. If you receive a text or call outside of this window, you can respond but that is all you can do (i.e. no checking email or other social media after you respond to that text).
– On weekday evenings, allocate only 30 minutes to check email and social media. Decide before you come home when that will be and stick to it. Besides that 30 minute window, no phone in the evening.
– No checking email or social media within 30 minutes of waking up. (Using it as an alarm is ok!)
– On the weekends, allocate three 30 minute windows when you can check social media, and only check during those times. If you receive a text or call outside of this window, you can respond but that is all you can do (i.e. no then checking email or other social media).
– No cellphone while driving. Ever. If you want to talk on the phone or use it for directions or even a podcast, just get it set up before you start driving.
Ok, who is with us?!? Comment below and keep us posted on your progress! We will be using Instagram and Facebook to chart our progress via #popchallenge. We’ll do a full report on the blog on May 26th.