I need to enjoy life more.
I tell myself that on a near-daily basis, and that’s simply unacceptable. Over the last week, I’ve been jotting down notes to myself (on pen and paper, mind you) of ways that I can experience life to its fullest again.
I, then, turned these individual notes into a list of to-don’ts that I organized from easiest to most difficult. I know, I know – I’m a nerd. But if Bill Murray taught me anything, it’s baby steps.
I’m now beginning this list, and it starts with my online “life.”
Like countless others, I find myself checking my phone way too often whether I’m alone or with company. It’s disgusting. A big reason for this is because of push notifications. As soon as I hear/feel my phone’s alert, I check it. This happens often due to notifications for texts, calls, emails, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, games, etc. Because I have so many push notifications activated, I feel I must constantly check my phone. I don’t have the willpower to prevent myself from leaving an un-checked notification on my phone for more than 30 seconds. I know I’m not the only one that does this, but I want to do something about it.
Tomorrow, I’m going through my phone and turning off push notifications excluding calls and texts. This may sound simple, and a little stupid, but I feel removing the constant alerts on my phone will help me be able to leave it in my pocket and leave me to have more meaningful conversations and interactions with others.
Once I feel this has been a success, it’s on to step two, but I’ll leave that alone for now.