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#5 Commit to Offline Times & Places

Not only to simplify and increase your fulfillment, but surprisingly you can increase your productivity by going offline. Counter intuitive, right? But trust me. It’s tough to do; so much of our lives are now online. But it will be like a breath of fresh air…

Commit to Offline Times and Places

We LIVE online.  How did this happen?  No question; we women over 60 have seen the most dramatic innovations in human-kind. (Men over 60, too, but we women actually noticed.) Most have been helpful, too.

What would life be without the invention of:

  • An ATM
  • Birth Control Pills
  • GPS
  • The Internet
  • Remote Control (the men noticed this one)
  • Cordless tools
  • Cell Phone
  • Digital Music
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Prozac

Seriously, can you even imagine? While technology had a role in the development of birth control pills and Prozac, all others ARE technology. Not only they all a technology, today they’re all managed / accessible through the internet.

  • ATM – mobile banking;
  • GPS – Google Maps or Waze;
  • Remote Control – Apple TV, Direct TV online, Dish Hopper…
  • Cordless Tools – well, not REAL tools, but still there’s an app for a lot – levels, lights, compass, etc…
  • Cell Phone – Skype and Viber and Google Talk and…
  • Digital Music – Spotify, iTunes, Pandora,…
  • Smoke Detectors – how about smart houses, Nest, remote access to your smoke detector…

What Does NOT Involve the Internet?

The areas of our lives that do NOT involve the internet is becoming the exception rather than the norm. The internet has completely changed our existence. The change is for the better, for the most part, as long as we have healthy boundaries. Setting boundaries can protect us from the unhealthy behavior of others. Boundaries can also protect us from our own unhealthy behavior. In addition to all the wonderful things the internet makes possible, the internet can also instigate some bad behavior by making us:

  • Waste our time
  • Lazy
  • Spend money we don’t have
  • “Say” evil, mean-spirited things we’d never dream of saying to anyone in person
  • Believe everyone else online has the perfect life and ours is sub-par
  • Waste our time
  • Lazy
  • Spend money we don’t have
  • Waste our time

I wrote a post earlier this month about time passing so quickly. As we reach 60 and over, it doesn’t slow down. Wasting time (or money) is not something I want to do anymore. So, #4 on my list of ways to create a. more simplified and fulfilling life in 2018 is to commit to offline times and places.

#5 Commit to Offline Times and Places

If you read the Time Flies post, I don’t need to elaborate on ways the internet can sap our productivity, relationships, and health, nor the difference between being connected and being “in flow”. Taking control of when, where and how I immerse myself (or not) online is key to improving my productivity, relationships, and health. It is key to a more simplified and fulfilling life.  This year I’m committing to:

Offline Times

  1. Mealtime
  2. Bedtime
  3. Standing in line time
  4. Drive time

Offline places

  1. Dinner table
  2. Restaurants
  3. Driver’s seat
  4. Public seatings (theaters, arenas, churches, etc)

These may, or may not work for you. You may add others. Let us know what you think.

 

PS – Word of the day is Digiphrenia: the constant, insane dual personalities people are immersed in between their phones and the real life around them. Or, from 2013’s Douglas Rushkoff’s Present Shock,  “The tension between the faux present of digital bombardment and the true now of a coherently living human generates the second kind of present shock, what we’re calling digiphrenia—digi for “digital,” and phrenia for “dissordered condition of mental activity.”

 

10 Steps to Creating a More Simplified and Fulfilling Life in 2018

(#1 – Prioritize Your Passion 10 Min a Day)

(#2 – Unsubscribe  (Responsibly – not Heels and Tevas!)

(#3 – Minimize Options)

(#4 – Prioritize Alone Time and Just BE)

(#5 – Commit to Offline Times and Places)

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#4 Prioritize Alone Time & Just BE

Productivity. Produce. We Americans are all about productivity, doing more, getting more done, multi-tasking, more return on equity (ROE for us business types), etc. etc. etc.  Get more done. Improve productivity! (You’ll get the George Clooney reference and the connection to productivity at the end. Got your attention, thought – right?)

#3 – Minimize Stress by Minimizing Options

You know how difficult it can be to order a meal when the restaurant menu has 10 pages of options? How about looking in your walk-in closet trying to decide what to wear among the packed and piled clothing?  What about looking in your fridge/pantry to decide what to make for dinner? Not-to-mention, walking up and down the cereal isle in the grocery store – 2oo++ different options; REALLY? Or, my favorite mind-bending experience – strolling the aisles in DSW trying to decide what pair of shoes to buy with your $50 Gift Card. Option Overwhelm!

#2 – Unsubscribe!

Not counting work, How many emails do you get a day? How many of you get so many that you’ve had to create a 2nd email address (or 3rd…) to start over?  As part of our 2018 focus of a more simplified and fulfilling life, unsubscribing to emails is #2 on our list. (#1 is here) 

After all the online shopping over the holidays and the “sign-up here for 10% off”offers, it’s probably even more overwhelming. Houzz, Ebates, HGTV, Bon Appetite, Betabrand, Grommet, Etsy, On-And-On-And-On… Heck, Ebates, alone, sends TWO emails a day. If anyone were to send me an important message via email, I may not find it for days.  

#1 – Prioritize Your Passion 10 Minutes a Day

How many things would you like to learn; either learn about or to learn how to do? For me, there are TONS of things – Painting, playing the piano, photography, speaking French, European art history, history of France and Paris, Stoic philosophy, quantum science, and spirituality, write a book… and on and on and on.

What about you? What are the things you “want to learn”? Sadly, most of us don’t make these things a priority and we rarely allocate time to learning new things if it isn’t required for a job or generating income.

There’s always something “more important” that needs to be done.