I was on my couch reading A Man’s Search For Meaning yesterday when the power suddenly went out. All of our phones starting buzzing off. I got up, turned my phone on airplane mode and went right back to reading. The footsteps of the white snow were slightly visible as the outside light faded and shifted to the 2 candles and 3 lanterns in our dining room table. I enjoyed well done burgers with avocado and asparagus while playing chess with my dad around the lanterns and candles.
What’s the Point?
Life is so much more enjoyable when you eliminate the external noise and enjoy the present moment with each other. When the power goes out, everyone starts freaking out and running around because nothing works, but those moments when we have nothing and just each other create the most memorable, enjoyable experiences. While there is time for people who will positively contribute to your circle via social media (I have friends all over the world!), there is no time for social media that is going to make you feel bad about yourself, envy others, or waste the precious energy in your brain cells for instant gratification. In a world where time is the most precious commodity, there is no time for negative shit that is going to decrease your freedom in the present moment. On a daily basis, the average person spends hours a day on social media on his phone, yet what is he really getting out of it ? The ability to not be bored and make time go faster. As soon as we get into a fragmented moment where we don’t have anything to do, we immediately go on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, where we are exposed to a wide variety of content and definitely some ones we don’t want to see. We as a society have failed to limit our content for the good. Besides the excessive waste of time and addictiveness, the difference in content that every single person consumes on a day to day basis makes the separation of human connection realer than ever.
What’s The Solution?
For me, social media is integral part of my day by adding value to others through sharing content as well as connecting with my friends from around the world to educate and inspire them to reach their full potential. Therefore, I need my phone to off airplane mode during the day with strict intentionally on creating value add content and motivating others on their journey. I also get super excited when I see one of my friends have an accomplishment on their journey! But there are always two sides to the story. I am still guilty of aimlessly searching through social media for 5 min here and there, but I have reacted to the problem by creating a separate account where I only follow motivation and positivity accounts that inspire me if I get the urge to scroll. Another problem that I encountered is that my phone was preventing me from going to bed and I would always wake up immediately to the notifications on my phone. FUCK THAT. I want to live life being present, not unconscious to screens. I recently implemented a big change in my life by putting my phone on airplane mode before 8pm and not turning it on until after 8am. The strategy has changed my day significantly in a good way. I get way more sleep, minimize wasted time, and have powerful morning and evening routines without my phone that allow me to crush the day in control being pro-active. I finally have turned the tables from a reactive phone leash to ultimate freedom of being in the present moment.
Morning Routine On Airplane Mode
Evening Routine On Airplane Mode
So next time you get involved with one of these activities, all I ask is to think really hard about is this really worth your time.
Other Time Hacks
Improve Your Communication Skills in Uncomfortable Situations
One thing I try to do regardless of where I am in the world is start conversations with people even if I have never met them before. Whether in an uber/lyft, waiting at a bar, I have the relatability to talk to anyone and have an interesting conversation. It makes you feel like you have purpose because you are talking to someone you have most likely never met before and you are able to discuss something you really enjoyed and find ways to be helpful or nice to them. You never know if you will make a best new friend, get valuable advice on something, or even get connected with one of their friends interested in what you are currently working on.
Time segmentation is more important than you think. An average working professional experiences 87 interruptions per day, making productivity and focus difficult. Rather, splitting your day into 45 or 54 minute sessions with 17-18 minutes rest is apparently the optimal way to go about working research shows. You should figure out the exact intervals you work/break in addition to knowing why and how each session relates to your why how and big vision.
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