This simplicity challenge is not going so well for me.
Wait, what? I thought I was all about reducing distractions – about living more and being more conscious of the world around me! Awesome, right? Turns out the world is sorta scary and overwhelming. So going onto Facebook, reading stupid meme websites, and getting sucked into some mindless sitcom was like a lullaby for my brain and letting me check out of this stressful thing called real life. I failed after only 4 days.
The days after that have been trying to mitigate the super restrictions I put on myself and find something more sustainable. I went back to reading my RSS feeds, but deleted at least 25 of them – including some that I read every day but I found were not impacting or improving my life. I originally said no TV unless it was with the whole family but I went back on that for a show or two, because no one else watches them. I find myself clicking on ads and news stories just to have something else to read – something to soothe my pixel-starved soul. Then I click around for a few minutes, with a niggling voice in the back of my head asking me where the line is between “checking something” and “mindless surfing”. It’s pretty ambiguous so far.
I still didn’t put anything back on my phone, and I think I’m going to keep it that way. Maybe I’ll bring back a few apps, but I really like *not* having Safari or Email with me every second. I still carry my phone around like a baby though and tend to use the timer and calculator a lot.
I’m working on it. Homework makes it hard not to be with the computer all the time, but it’s almost summer and then maybe I can manage to unplug myself for real.