“Perhaps the most important thing we ever give each other is our attention.” – Rachel Naomi Remen
Early last month, I got some soap in my eye.
Strange way to start a post, huh? Haha! But it’s true, I tell you – I was just casually washing my face, and right into my eye the soap went. (My tendency to move quickly in everything I do flung some flyaway suds right up and blinded me.) This burned fiercely and I suddenly found myself crying profusely. I rubbed my eyes and blinked rapidly, and thankfully, it did not take me long to recover.
Over the course of the day, however, I felt this misfortune’s lingering affects. My eye (either the eye itself or the eyelid, who knows) twitched on and off, which in itself made me nervous since I’m deathly scared of eye pain. Once evening came, my vision blurred a few times, which was just terrifying.
The main thing I was plagued by during this period of time, which was only a couple hours at the most, was that I couldn’t use my phone. My mom recommended I cut back and give my eye a break, which I did … but I cannot tell you how many things I thought I should look at on my phone. The temptation to snatch up my cellular device and get reconnected to whoever I was in contact with that day was overwhelming.
I don’t realize just how much I use my phone.
Although … do any of us?
I have experienced a great many highs and lows since I received my first phone in 2014.
There are plenty of times I could recall where my phone came in handy, where its presence by my side was a blessing to me … but there are far more times where it has plagued me and affected my life negatively.
I’ll watch videos and read blog posts and listen to music, thinking I’m doing something enjoyable with my time. Hours pass, and I am occupied … but when those times of captivation and activity come to an end, I feel as though I’ve been sitting in the same place, doing nothing.
That isn’t far from the truth.
Phones are fluent in the ability to make you feel occupied one moment, then beyond bored in the next.
Scarcely has there been a time in my life when I finished scrolling through the depths of Pinterest, or WordPress, or YouTube, and thought, “I just got a lot done!”
How can something that holds my attention for so long be absolutely worthless in the long run??!
I think it’s because much of what we do on our phones is allow our minds to wander.
If I don’t have anything I’m specifically doing, I’ll most likely pick up my phone. An example of one such occasion may find me checking my email, reading a few comments, scrolling down my YouTube home feed, pinning a few pins on Pinterest … and all of a sudden, 45 minutes are gone and I can’t remember what I was supposed to be doing. IT’S AMNESIA.
I think that phones, as well as other electronic devices, are extremely full of potential. I believe that if you’re mindful of how you’re going to use them, they can be beneficial and helpful. But I also think that the majority of us keep our phones nearby to occupy us if whatever we may be doing loses our attention even the tiniest bit.
Honestly, I’m tired of finding myself getting lost in my phone. (That’s a pretty depressing paradox if you ask me.)
“Cell phones bring you closer to the person far away from you, but takes you away from the ones sitting next to you.” – Unknown
For months now, I’ve been thinking about hosting a mindfulness challenge on my blog. I have grown weary of time lost doing useless things, of creating and practicing bad habits, of spending my days not quite knowing where each hour and minute went. Sometimes, it scares me how I really can’t identify one day from the last … did I go there or watch that yesterday, or was it three days ago?
Being mindful will immensely bless my life – I know it will. This all-new blog series is going to keep track of my progress. I’ll be focusing on new things, breaking bad habits, creating new habits, meeting little goals and celebrating how far I’ll go. (I wish I could use that phrase without thinking of Moana. Thanks, Disney.)
I’d like to invite you to come with me for this challenge.
Are you interested in learning how to utilize your time better? Do you want to reduce stress, increase your happiness, and truly enjoy your life?
I can’t quite guarantee that all that will happen for you if you join me in this challenge, haha, but hey, we’re all in this thing called life together!
As you can tell by the whole of this post, my focus for this week is: reducing screen time.
We all have different reasons why we want to cut back on how much we’re looking at screens.
Why I Want To Look At My Phone Less:
- I want my family to have my full attention. (That’s so important to me!)
- I want my neck and shoulders to stop hurting.
- I want to give my eyes a break.
- I want to feel like I’m truly enjoying my life and spending each day wisely.
- I want to pick it up when I’m actually doing something useful with it, and not as a boredom buster.
- I want the people I spend time with to know that I care more about them than the people I talk to online.
- I want to fall out of the habit of picking it up hundreds of times a day.
- I want to have it nearby, without always holding it or having it on me.
- I want to better divide my time between different screens instead of primarily using my phone.
- I want to prevent getting arthritis in my thumbs from fast typing. (That’s a scary thought.)
Why do you want to look at your phone less?
Will you join me on this challenge?
“Give the people in your life the gift of your presence by putting down your mobile device.” – Kate Northrup