May 6th, 2015
In our modern day life we have so many inputs.
Our phones are always accessible and with that comes the ability to instantly call, text, or email anyone we know. This is amazing! It also comes with the ability to be contacted by anyone we know. This is also amazing! However, we need to find ways to manage our inputs.
I’ve realize that one of the many reasons I enjoy being alone and in enclosed spaces is because I like to be in control of all of the inputs. To limit them when I can.
One thing I’ve done is to turn my phone on a ‘do not disturb’ setting from bed time to after my morning routine. This means that I will not be notified of emails or texts and only a handful of people can get through to me by calling my phone (a list of people who may need to contact me for emergencies).
Another thing I’ve done, is to turn off my email alerts. Like most people, I get so many emails a day that when I was being distracted each time an email came in, it was really disrupting my life. Now, I can still pull my emails to my phone, but I only do so a couple of times a day.
It is very important to me that I only check emails when I have time to answer them. I relearn this lesson every time I break the rule. Two days ago, for example, I checked email, but did not have time to do the things requested of me. So I had to spend time making a list and then a couple hours later complete the list. This was a waste of time. If I had just waited a couple of hours to check the email in the first place, it would have been so much better!
Here is another lesson I have learned over time that I have really not stuck to the past few weeks. For the first hour of my day and the last hour of my day, I don’t want any inputs. I want to be completely in control of my own happiness. To remind myself that I love myself and I am worthy of love. Without feeling any input from anyone else. The only way for me to do this is to leave my phone alone. To not see any calls/texts (or lack there of) and to stay off social media.
I am so much happier when I do these things and I know it! Yet the past few weeks my phone has been the first thing I reach for when I wake up and I am playing on it until it is almost bedtime.
So that is my goal starting tonight – one hour before bed and one hour when I wake up – input free!