Friday, August 22, 2014

ideas for unplugging, part 992832

I know this topic is tired.  I still think it's important.

3 years ago (or thereabouts) I did not have a smartphone.  Now I -- and most others -- are completely dependent on those little glowing rectangles.  It makes me sad that often I will be in the elevator with 3 people and we are all staring . . . down.  I absolutely love the convenience of having every online resource at my fingertips, but hate being reachable at all times, even though I feel like I need to be as a parent and doctor.

And -- like Ana wrote about in her recent post -- I absolutely hate that I use it to fritter away spare bits of time.  She wrote a list in that post of other ways to use precious bits of downtime.  I am going to do the same thing (maybe . . . on paper?) but I also wanted to brainstorm sane ways to purposefully unplug.

Ideas:

1) Social media only at specific times of the day (8pm - 9 pm?)

2) Weekly digital "sabbath" -- I have tried this before and really liked it, but it is hard to stick to.

3) Docking the phone at work and at home, or having a designated place to put it.

4) Going back to using my actual camera at home so that I do not whip out my phone every time A&C do something that I feel must be captured immediately.

I did rearrange my home screen a while back to make email checking more difficult, and I deleted the Facebook app (but then joined instagram . . . oops.  Although for some reason I find it less offensive).  I also have pared down my feedly list significantly.

Has anyone successfully implemented an unplugging strategy?  Do you have other ideas?  Please share!

PS: Potty training is being attempted this week.  It's rather exciting but I have a feeling this will not be the final attempt (A is up for the challenge but I am not sure she is physiologically 'getting it' yet.)

PPS: One of my coworkers needed to trade and I'm on call again this weekend!  This is the 4th time in the past 7 weekends -- arghhg.  Frustrating, but thinking about how few calls I'll have over the fall will get me through :)