When I challenged myself to give up TV for a week, I was pleasantly surprised with the results. What I didn’t expect, though, was that it would lead to more changes and a bit of an unplanned “digital detox”. In the last three weeks, I’ve realised that I’m naturally spending way less time online. A big fan of Instagram, I’ve found that I’m not so active on that platform anymore. And Facebook? I logged on last week – for the first time in a while – to find that I had hundreds of notifications. Some I was glad to read, of course, but others? Well, it just made me realise how much time I was wasting scrolling through my feed. And I guess one thing led to another and blogging took a little break, too. So it’s great to be back writing, and I’d love to share some of the other things that I’ve learned whist being offline.
I’m more active – that time I spent watching TV or scrolling through Social Media is spent doing other stuff instead. It might mean I walk more, read more, or just spend more time hanging around the school letting my kids play as long as they want to at the end of the day.
I’ve lost more weight – it felt pretty good when I lost 3 lbs as a result of giving up TV for a week and the weight loss continued as I also cut back on being online (another 3 lbs gone). This motivated me to eat a little better and left me feeling better all round. Kind of a feel-good circle.
I’ve saved money – I’ve changed the way I think about money, both spending and saving it. I’ve learned how to handle my money better, about compound interest, and tactics used by credit card companies/businesses to get us to spend more money. I must admit, I’m getting a little addicted to listening to free Dave Ramsey podcasts, too. I love that it’s real people, real stories and good, old fashioned advice.
I’ve started to declutter my bank account – though I’m certainly not done yet. I’ve started cancelling bank accounts/credit cards/direct debits that I no longer need or that I opened for a cash bonus (thinking I was being savvy). They take way too much time to monitor and I’m going to get down to a couple of accounts if I can. Amazon Prime is gone, too – I was spending way too much money on small purchases because the delivery was “free” (apart from the monthly payment!) and fast….when really I can just walk down the street and support my local businesses instead.
I watch the news less – I can learn all I need to know about current events by flicking through the news app. I no longer watch whole news programmes like I used to/ spend time on Twitter catching up on recent events. I also no longer shout at the TV; moan about the policies/opinions/actions of politicians; or stress about the crises going on in the world that I can do little or nothing about. It’s surely a twentieth century problem, having our finger on the pulse of everything going on – RIGHT NOW. I figure I can do more good by trying to help out a little more in my community, donating when I can afford to do so and supporting those causes that really matter to me.
I’m happier – I’m starting to change a lot of things and it really seems that being more intentional in one part of your life really does start rubbing off onto other part’s of your life, too. I’d love to hear your thoughts….and what being intentional means to you. Please do comment below if you can!