At times I feel like a struggling addict. Technology is wonderful and extremely useful. I’m deeply attached to it and use it daily. Working at a web design business feeds my love for electronics. However, sometimes I have this desire to do something extreme and cut off all technology. As this is unlikely to happen with my current lifestyle and occupation I know that limiting my tech access is a good thing.
I’ve questioned myself as to whether I should get a smart phone, even considered ditching my cell phone. Ultimately it comes down to balance. Am I going to use technology as a tool or will I allow it to consume my life? Following are some ways that I try to balance out my life with technology. Some of these are still a work in progress.
- Take a break every week
Every week I take a day and give myself time to rest. As a result I naturally limit much of my technology use and have time to recharge and relax from the business of life.
- Eat without technology
For many of my meals I sit in silence enjoying my food. I give myself time to think.
- Hold off checking email
In the mornings I like to spend personal time in devotions before getting online to check email. Admittedly I check email too often, not doing it first thing in the morning helps with that.