As I sat on the couch last night, with my newborn sleeping on my chest, I suddenly realized how technologically cluttered my life is. Next to me, I had my cell phone, my tablet, and my Kindle. Even worse, I had been alternating between each item as he slept, while I watched Netflix. There’s no excuse for that.
So, today I decided that I am going to declutter the technology in my life. I deleted every game on my phone and tablet that I play (I kept two of the games my 6yo plays). I also deleted Facebook from my phone (*gasp!*).
I have made a conscious decision to more actively participate in my life. There are so many things I want to get done around the house before I go back to work. So many things that I could very well have already done, but I’ve wasted that time on my couch in front of a screen.
One of my New Years’ resolutions was to spend less time on my phone. I started off the year doing okay with that. And I’d like to think I’m better at it when the 6yo is home and not off traveling the world, but I know that I’ve been on a slow and steady decline as the year has progressed. So, I’m reclaiming that resolution.
I have a month and a half to go on my maternity leave and I don’t intend to spend it inside unless I’m proactively accomplishing something off the massive to-do list I’ve made for myself. There is a playroom to clean and organize, there are shelves to put up; there is painting and sanding and all kinds of other things that I could be doing that would actually help to reorganize our home and make it easier to sell when we’re ready to put it on the market. I want to bake and make some more freezer meals for when I go back to work. There isn’t a tech screen on earth that is going to do that stuff for me.
You would think I’d have started this 2 weeks ago after my scare. I intended to. I honestly couldn’t tell you what stopped me. Last night was my big realization, though. Unless I’m writing or researching for my writing, I’d rather be out there living. I’m tired of hiding my face behind my phone.
Today I start focusing on Now.