I had an epiphany on vacation.
Even though time passes quicker when you’re having fun, this time it didn’t. I think it’s because my attention wasn’t diverted by my phone. You see, I was reliant simply on wifi which I could use mainly in the hotel. During the day my phone was only used for taking pictures. I paid attention more so many of the details of my trip are clearer. They’re also more fulfilling.
- Take time each day to sit quietly, undisturbed. It doesn’t matter if you actually meditate. If you do, that’s great. I personally struggle to routinely meditate. But, I do make time each day to completely unplug for about 15 minutes. Sometimes it’s as simple as leaving my phone inside and sitting on the deck listening to the birds. Feeling brave? Try it for an hour.
- Stop multi-tasking. I’ve been doing this for a year or so. I notice that my concentration has gotten better, I’m more creative at problem-solving, and best of all, I’m more calm.
- Turn off notifications. I’ll warn you, this kind of feels like giving up your favorite food. For the first few days you can’t think of anything else except what you’re missing. Be strong. After a while, it will became your new routine to only check email once every 3-4 hours. You won’t die from notification deprivation. It just feels like it.