In this age of social media, it is easy to think that you need to be plugged in and aware of what is going on around you all of the time. Many people feel the need to check their social media feeds constantly, for fear that they may be missing out on something. You can pull up Facebook and see creative solutions for life problems. You can see new products and new services that people are offering. You can read online news and keep up on current events. You can always be listening to music. Is it good to do all of this?
I will admit that I have experienced the draw of being plugged in all the time. I work in information technology. I have a smartphone and I use it for my career, for my personal life and for my own business. However, I know that being plugged in all of the time is not a good thing. I force myself to turn the electronic devices off completely for at least 2 hours each day. There had been times before this that I would find myself staying up late and being tired for work, or of finding that I had no energy because I was spending so much time with technology.
What I would recommend is to set aside time everyday to unplug. If you find that you never exercise, or have trouble keeping your house clean, or do not get to bed at a reasonable hour, or are not spending time with friends and family or that you are not accomplishing anything in life, then you should find a time to let your mind relax. Your mind should not always be engaged. If your mind is always engaged, you are preventing your mind from discovering solutions to the challenges that you face. If you have never tried this, take a long walk outside and just look around. Don’t go for any specific reason. What will happen? Your mind will start to have idle time with which it can start to think. It will start to wander into the areas that matter most to you or that are limiting you. It will start to evaluate or create options for you to have success in your life.
It is a very unwise thing to spend all of your time time with technology, listening to music, watching television, reading social media updates, devouring the news or anything else that requires you to be constantly engaged. Those things benefit you very little, and they get in the way of the good things that your mind could assist you with if only you took the time to allow your mind to idle. Once your mind idles, it creates solutions. Once your mind has solutions, you will gain excitement and energy to pursue them.