Our attention is a commodity.
The Social Dilemma spelt this out for us clearly.
Our phones enhance our lives but they are also designed to distract and divert our attention. For the sake of wellbeing we need to be active in creating time without them.
We need to unplug.
The concepts simple. It's just time away without tech but it's easier said than done. We reach of our phones on auto piolet. . Setting an intention around this time though can help build it into a habit and change the frame of mind that you spend the time with.
If you build a ritual around being unplugged you can savour the time in a different way. It pays it an extra level of respect and adds a flourish of fun to hours you'll invest.
Here's 3 simple things you can do to kick off your unplugging ritual.
❈ Define a timeSet a timer on your phone for the amount of time you want without distraction. Start off small, you can always build on it.
❈ DisconnectSwitch your phone to aeroplane mode. Or if you this is too much and you need certain people to be able to call, put your phone on do not disturb mode and set it up so that favourite contacts are still able to call. Be sparing about who's call you allow to get through. We'd limit this just to emergency contacts!
❈ Create a barrierPut your phone away inside a box or a cupboard. Why? Putting a physical barrier between you and your phone puts a wall between you and your automated cycle.
These are simple tricks but they can be the difference between having those 2 hours of headspace and accidentally falling backing into the social vortex.