I am attempting to do something new every day in a challenge to motivate myself through lockdown 3.0.
My latest “something new” is to reduce my reliance on my phone. I thought it would be easy. I would just not look at my phone for a day, or at least have minimal activity. The first few hours were great. I felt free and life seemed a little less complicated. However, on a longer term (say 8 hour term), it turns out it is not at all easy to avoid your phone.
The rules are quite simple. I am allowed to check it if it pings or rings, or if I have finished exercise and want to gloat over my accomplishment on the fitbit app. Other than that, mindless screen-facing is verboten. The phone now lives in a chair-less awkward corner of the kitchen, that way I can’t loiter by it and also am not so easily seduced by it. I don’t bring my phone to my bedroom.
After three days, I can say this – it is bloody impossible. I just keep finding it in my darn hand, staring at me in an innocent yet mischevious way. No matter how hard I try, I find one of two things happen; either I discover myself in the naughty corner of the kitchen with it in my hand, or else my phone appears to spring legs and trails me around the house like an advanced-level stalker.
I am very frustrated by this. I had no idea how often I was checking my phone and also why I was checking my phone so ridiculously much. As I am now a full time housewife in the middle of a pandemic, I don’t receive that much communication. I think that after years of working as a CFO & COO, and regularly enduring, at one point, up to 350 emails a day, I have become an addict. I need the establishment of a Screens Anonymous support group.
However, I am determined to master it, so I decided to persevere with it for the last three days. I’m not sure if I should throw in the towel or just make it another resolution like the cleaning kitchen thing, to see if I can engrain it in my psyche as a new “habit”. It’s well worth doing as when I do forgo her alluring beeping ways, I do feel calmer and happier. I just need to persist.
I am attempting to complete 7 resolutions over 6 days for 5 weeks:
- Continued embargo on crisps, fancy cheese and booze (except those used in cooking)
- Meditate for ten minutes
- Go for a run or a walk
- Do something new – I’ve never done before.
- Clean the kitchen every evening
- Do at least 5 sun salutations every morning
- No eating after 7pm (except Friday & Saturday)