“Get some fresh air, and go outdoors to run, walk and exercise. Move your muscles and get your blood pumping. Do so without bringing your phone along — just enjoy the symphony of nature ringing in your ears.
Switch your content consumption from reading a screen to reading a book. Yes, I’m talking about that ancient printed stuff bound by glue, with non-mobile words printed on them. Doing so will not just stimulate your imagination better, it’ll also have a calming and therapeutic effect. Pick up a hobby that is screen-free, like dancing, gardening, cooking, craft making, or drawing and painting. If you choose to do so, resist the urge to document and show the world what you’ve done. If you really have to, only do so at the end of your “project”. — Walter Lim (@coolinsights)
I try to do so daily at least with a slow walk, and in the weekend / one time per week with biking or swimming. I also enjoy reading printed books and newspapers, that use the slow journalism‘s approach, as well as going to art exhibitions.
Not documenting what I observe is tough for me as I love photography and it inspires me for writing down blog posts, and even for doing projects.
Related: consider to dive into this latest blog post by Paul Simbeck-Hampson (@simbeckhampson) where he shares what he has researched and thought with stellar insights on the purpose of childhood. After I read his write-up, I asked this question in a Google+ thread (before the social network vanished):
What can you / we do to reverse of our bad tech habits, raise awareness to bring back humanity, focus and independance from technology for our children and as adults?
Here’s what Paul shares:
“By focusing on the only thing that we should wish to improve and change, ourselves. This will ensure that we are well on the way to solving this issue. We need to work towards a model of personal excellence for others to observe and follow, not dictated or prescribed, but experienced, and this can only be achieved by working hard on the self.”
Thank you, Paul for your wisdom. Inspiring!
He also shares via a video the experience that Anton Kreil has while he is not using a smartphone.
I can understand the benefits and rewards to let go a smartphone for better productivity, focus and deep work. This makes me think of Cal Newport who would advocate not using social and less devices for doing deep work.
One can still decide what to notice, when to engage while using the smartphone, any devices and apps, right? Desactivating the notifications of each app is doable so that one can decide when to check out an inbox, a social network or even digital contents. Still it is about habits building and iterating. This is not easy to do when some habits become almost natural over time, and can become even unhealthy.
Next small and simple step would also be about embracing life without email as my friend and great learning partner, Luis Suarez (@elsua), has instigated. Luis keeps encouraging and supporting this habit and practice with #noemail movement.