THE PROS & CONS
The Internet is the reason I have a career that I absolutely love, along with so many incredible friendships that I am able to keep up with so easily. However, it’s also the reason that I have access to my social channels 24/7 and find it so hard to turn off sometimes. Yes, half the blame lies with my personality and the fact that I’m a workaholic, but give me access and I will check my blog comments, my YouTube channel and my Twitter feed at ungodly hours of the day, sacrificing sleep along the way. In Cuba, despite such a long flight and the worry of jet lag creeping up to greet me, I actually slept incredibly well and found myself relaxing into the rhythm of the Island and leaving my anxiety about my emails behind. The positive impact it had on my sleep pattern in only a few days just proves how much we need to step away and back into our physical life sometimes.
ADDICTED? ME? NOOO..
I would say there is a strong case for more than a few of us to say that we spend way too much time on our phones and our laptops. It’s ironic to be sat here writing this hidden away in my home office on a beautiful sunny day, but as I progress with my blog so does my understanding of when is the right time to be online. A couple of months ago I took part in the #RedOut campaign in aid of Red Nose Day. Myself and a host of other YouTubers created videos to raise money for the cause and also stayed offline for 24 hours. It wasn’t quite as calming and easy as it sounds. I must have tried to pick my phone up a hundred times that evening before remembering I couldn’t use it, and it only proved to me that I am glued to it far more than I should be. Since then, I have taken to hiding the apps that aren’t necessary for my work life and this has definitely helped with ensuring the time I spend online is at least productive. See you later Facebook! You’ll find a lot of my social media apps hidden away in a folder on the last page of my iPhone to reduce the amount of time spent on them!
LET’S BE REAL
No matter how much someone tells me I should take a week long break and go offline, I just can’t. It’s not how this business works. There’s no holiday pay, sick pay or someone who can step into my shoes for a few days. I work no matter where in the world I am and no matter what day it is, mainly because I love my job and if I don’t do it, it won’t get done. Now let’s be real here, this post isn’t about encouraging you to become a hermit and and live in the Outback for 6 months while in turn letting go of all your electronic possessions (unless of course that’s what you want to do), but I think we should all take a second to identify that there are times during the day that we could be online less. It might seem extreme to plan to be off our phones and laptops, but it’s 2017 and I for one need to be told.
Do you spend too much time online too? Let’s take our evenings back, let’s take our time back and let’s live in those once in a lifetime moments more. Let me know below what you think and if you’re aiming to spend a little more time in the now!
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