Switching Off

Saturday, April 16, 2016

I find it really hard to switch off sometimes.

I'm on my phone a lot: scrolling through social media (I'm a Twitter addict), playing games, surfing the net and messaging my friends.

I love having a smartphone but it's so distracting!  It disturbs my sleep patterns sometimes and if I'm on my phone a lot then I find it difficult to concentrate and focus on my studies and blogging.

Luckily, it's not affecting my life entirely, and it doesn't have a negative influence on my life, but I have had to be quite hard on myself in the past few months.

I've decided to be a lot more self-disciplined and switch off!

Before I go to bed I put my phone away.  If I have work to do then I switch it off and don't touch it until I have completed my work.  I'l turn my internet off in order to stop myself from looking at my phone every 5 minutes.

It's been a little bit challenging, but it's not too bad.  It's not like I use my phone 24/7.  If I'm getting on with daily tasks or socialising with my friends, I won't have my eyes glued to my phone screen.  What's the point?  I can live without it for a while.  Plus, focusing on your phone when you should be having a face-to-face conversation with your friends is so rude.

Since I've started "switching off" I've started feeling a lot less tired and a lot more focused.  I don't waste hours on social media, instead, I'm a lot more productive.  I study hard and work hard on my blog and I get a lot more done.  I don't find myself saying "Where did the time go?" anymore.  I sleep a lot more, and I sleep better.  It's so bad to use technology before bedtime.  Since the start of this year I've been trying to change my sleeping pattern anyway - such as going to bed earlier, going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning - and I've been feeling a lot better.  I like getting plenty of sleep and even though I'm not a morning person, I like getting up early in the morning.  I feel as though I can get more things done and my day is likely to run smoothly.  Turning off technology early in the night makes my mind feel more relaxed and stable.

Whilst switching off, I've been doing other things.  I read books and magazines - in a physical format because I don't want to read stories and articles on a screen and I like physical copies.  I take naps.  I chill out more.  I relax more.  I can brainstorm ideas and write them down in my notebook.  I can read extra sources for my modules.  I can gather my thoughts a lot better.

Switching off is still a work in progress, I still have times when I fail at all, but I feel as though I'm getting somewhere with it.  Switching off requires a lot of discipline but once you get into the swing of it, it becomes a valuable part of your routine!

What do you do in order to switch off?

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