As I woke this morning an odd thing happened. I turned off my alarm, which happens to be my iPhone, then immediately checked my email. I never do this. I usually turn off my alarm, stumble downstairs, and head out the door, only looking at my phone to turn off my alarm. I then go for my walk, come back and make breakfast, then power up the computer for 40 minutes or so before heading out the door to work.
Little technology interaction in the first 30 minutes of my day is how I like starting the day.
Today though things were different. Checking my email, my mind freaked out. I got an email that wasn’t all that surprising, but pushed my mind into work mode. I spent my 30 minute morning walk thinking about work, how I was going to respond to the email and what I needed to do over the next week or so to move the project along. My heart rate rose, my body stressed and my mind strained. It was not the way I want to start my day.
Over the last few minutes of my walk, I realized I was in work mode already. I focused in on how I was feeling and the stress I was handling. I thought about how I usually don’t start my day like this and how I ease myself into the day by letting my mind wander. I enjoy starting my day in a more relaxed manner. I don’t enjoy staring it by staring at a screen.
The amount of time I spend in front of the computer during the day is pretty ridiculous.
After much thought, I’ve decided in the month of September, I am going to start my mornings with no technology. Instead of coming home from my walk and opening up my computer, I am going to read magazine articles, read a book and write in my notebook. I want to see how it makes me feel. Maybe nothing will change. Maybe I’ll stress about how I am getting a later start to my work day. Maybe I’ll love it. We’ll see.
I am going to use the time between my walk and the start of my workday at the office as a non-tech bridge. I can’t wait to see how this plays out.
(photo via State Library of Victoria Collection)