It has been a goal of mine to learn to unplug from technology in the evenings. Ideally, it would be nice to unplug even before 10pm, but I had to give myself a realistic goal. Typically, I turn off my laptop around midnight and my phone around 1:30. At that point, I have trouble getting to sleep because my eyes have been staring at a bright screen for so long. I decided turning off all electronics at 10pm would be the perfect goal for my second week of End of 2017: 7 Goals in 7 Weeks for 7 Days . So, here goes 7 days of No Technology After 10pm!
Day 1 – Sunday, Nov 19
I was busy writing and scheduling blog posts when I looked at the clock and it read 9:33pm. At that point, I decided the most important task at hand to get completed before 10pm, and finished that by 9:58. It wasn’t too difficult to have no technology after 10pm because I had my boyfriend to talk to. As soon as he left, I told myself I should go to sleep since I have an early morning at the recording studio. Instead, I lied in bed thinking about the fact that I didn’t schedule any tweets for the next day, or that I could have spent another hour or two working.
The next morning, as I am writing this, I am happy I got more sleep than I would have had I stayed up working. Moreover, I am grateful I had that last hour of uninterrupted, no distraction time to spend with my boyfriend before he went home. I can definitely see the benefits, I just hope my blog doesn’t fall short this week as a result.
Day 2 – Monday, Nov 20
I woke up half an hour before my early alarm today, so I must be getting more sleep! Having no technology after 10pm last night allowed me to actually live in the moment. I spent a lot of time catching up with my roommate. Having heart to hearts is really good to Satisfy Her Soul.
I realized that even though I unplugged from technology there are still so many things I can catch up on, like laundry, dishes and reading a book!
Day 3 – Tuesday, Nov 21
Yesterday I was so busy all day I didn’t really have time to be plugged into technology. By the time I had a few minutes that I typically would have used to work, it was already near 10pm so I didn’t even bother.
I do feel a lot more rested and have found time here and there to do what is essential to get done before 10pm. It makes me focus better because I have that deadline. So far I think this challenge has been really beneficial!
Day 4 – Wednesday, Nov 22
I did shut down my laptop at 9:59 last night, however I did go upstairs and use my phone for a few minutes after 10. I eventually realized what I was doing, set my morning alarm and put it away.
It just goes to show how attached we are to our electronic devices that sometimes we use them mindlessly without even making a conscious choice. Hopefully this challenge will teach me to pay more attention to how much time I have spent on technology.
Day 5 – Thursday, Nov 23
Thursdays marks the end of the week for my boyfriend’s university schedule, so he drove over for the weekend. This made it much easier to unplug at 10pm, though I did work right up until the bitter end at 9:59. It’s annoying when you’re on a roll with whatever you’re working on and you have to shut it down. Still, I see the benefit and was able to spend much needed time with my boyfriend.
Day 6 – Friday, Nov 24
My first passion is music, and I am currently pursing a career as a Singer-Songwriter here in Toronto. Tonight I was performing from 8-9:30 so I wasn’t even home by 10pm. By the time I did get home, I was exhausted and probably wouldn’t have wanted to do any work anyway. It would be interesting to do this challenge again when I am not so busy and see if it is more difficult. Only one day left of the No Technology After 10pm challenge!
Day 7 – Saturday, Nov 25
I am spending the weekend at my boyfriend’s parents’ house, so once again, it was easy enough to stay unplugged for most of the day. At 10pm, we were all having a lovely time playing cards at the table, and I wasn’t even thinking about this challenge coming to an end. It definitely wasn’t as difficult of a challenge as I anticipated.
What I learned this week is that if you surround yourself with people you enjoy spending time with, staying away from technology is much easier. It allowed me to make a distinct separation between time to work and time to spend resting, or socializing with loved ones. I think this is very important and I will do my best to continue to unplug in the evenings. Maybe one week in the New Year I will challenge myself to turn off Technology even earlier. I recommend the “No Technology After 10pm” challenge to everyone! It really reminds you of the important things in life.
Stay tuned for next week’s challenge: Reading 30 Minutes Every Day!
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