You have time. You’re just wasting it.
Tethered, a single word that describes my relationship with technology.
It means to connect, but it also means to tie with a rope or chain to restrict movement. And that’s what technology does to my mind. It connects and restricts me.
Technology is often thought of as freeing us. But what I’ve come to discover is that there is a cost associated with this connectedness. Tethering your phone to your laptop puts more demand on your phone. And so does keeping your mind always connected. …
In the book Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones it introduces four laws of behavior change. These laws can be used to form new good habits, but they can also be used to break old bad habits. I’ve used these four laws to break my bad cell phone habit. Like many of us, I used to carry my cell phone everywhere. And I would check it every spare moment I got. I was addicted and addiction has side effects.
Over the last two years I’ve been actively modifying my technology habits to improve my mental health, focus, and, attention. In that time I discovered my cell phone usage is a leading indicator of my mental state and peace of mind. Limiting and constraining its usage has improved my quality of life. Here is how I’ve used and continue to use The Four Laws of Behavior Change to maintain a healthy relationship with the technology in my pocket. …