Creating Time…3 changes I have made to create time and get closer to achieving my goals

Sjoe, how time is flying! I don’t know about you, but I find that I am so busy at work these days that I have almost no energy to do things I want to do when I get home. Work is not going to ease up anytime soon so I have been reading up on ways to work around it and make the time to do the things I want to do. Everyone wants a “work-life balance” but what does it really mean to you and how do you work it so that you not only find the balance but you enjoy your time in both worlds? I haven’t found the answer to this yet,  but I think I am heading in the right direction for me.  These are just a few tips that I started implementing that may help you too if you have a similar dilemma.

Wake up earlier

Anyone who knows me knows that waking up early is definitely not my thing. Here’s the thing though, when I wake up earlier and write, I find my thoughts are crisper and clearer. I can actually get a whole blog post done. The house is silent,  so there arebno distractions. The sounds of Mother Nature doing her thing outside are soothing to my soul. I still don’t like waking up early in the morning, but (I never thought i would ever say this) it has its advantages.  It’s an important part of my “me time” (more about that later)  and it’s where I get some of my “work” thinking done.

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Restrict Social media use

I am guilty of having my phone in my hand most of the time that I am awake. If I think about it, my phone habit has replaced my smoking habit. (Aaaah the joys of an addictive personality😜.) I have had to train myself to turn this habit into a positive one. My phone has become an educational and productivity tool rather than just a time thief. How you ask? I spend more time reading books via my kindle app and google books, writing blogs and learning from reading other’s blogs on WordPress and Medium, than I do on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I am also able to check and answer emails and messages, do research on the net and source inspirational and motivational material to keep me going.

Of course, social media always beckons if you let it so I switch off my notifications. This just takes away the reason to open the apps regularly. When I find that this is not working for me then I delete them for a few months. Out of sight = out of mind. Another reason that I don’t visit social media often anymore is that I find it draining, especially Facebook. Far too many people bring their personal baggage to the app. Scrolling through all the sadness and the complaining steals my joy and my energy. Of course, who and what you follow on social media also determines your experience of it so I guess I need to relook at who I follow on Facebook especially. IG is a much happier environment for me probably because I follow a lot more inspirational and motivational sites and fewer people as such. Twitter gives me a snapshot of world events at a moment in time,  which can get depressing if you let it.

Switch off to the world and on to the relationships that matter
I only get to see my son for approximately 5 hours every day. An hour or so in the morning before school and about 4 hours at the end of the day before bedtime. During those times, I try and keep my phone out of my hands and focus as much on him as possible. We go over homework, catch up on his day. Watch a little tv together and, of course, have our bedtime reading session. It’s scary to think that I blink and he is another day older.

Now my boyfriend, on the other hand, is a screen addict. If he is not on his phone, then he is glued to the TV or his computer. It’s not only for entertainment though, sometimes it’s work-related. If I didn’t know better, I would think that I bored the crap out of him. Fortunately, he does have other things away from “the screen” that he is interested in and that we have in common. We use that to form our own little bubble and enjoy each other’s company as often as we can. Being able to connect with my son and boyfriend fulfils and sustains me.

Me time
This is where I find my peace. Since I started waking up earlier, I find that this is about the best time for me to spend time reflecting, praying and just connecting with God and myself. That stillness in the morning naturally lends itself to this practice. I write in my journal. I set goals. I pray. I still haven’t gotten into the habit of meditating as such yet, but I will get there.

I still need to find the time in my day for exercise as I really need to get into that habit.  It would definitely help me create more energy for the things I want to do. Making time to reach out to friends is also a priority for me, however I haven’t worked it in it.   Lastly, creating a study schedule that I will stick to is also a challenge.  I will figure something out though.

Do you have any tips and tricks to create time in your day that you could share?  Please do add them in the comments section.  I would love to hear from you.

Ultimately, I have had to look ahead and decide what I would like to accomplish 1, 5 and 10 years from now and prioritise my life so that it is possible to achieve those goals. There are things that I still need to let go of because that sap my energy and are holding me back.  It’s going to take courage though and, to be honest, I am still a little paralysed by fear. I will get there though.

Here’s a link to a great talk on how to gain control of your time  by Laura Vandakram which I found after writing this blog and has given me additional food for thought.  There might be something you find useful too.

 

After all…

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5 of my favourite roles as a mother

It’s been a while but I here I am.  After all, winners never quit and I ain’t no quitter 🙂 I wrote exams this week on Child and Adolescent Development.  I  had to smile as I went through the text book.  It brought back so many memories of when my son was a baby.  It was actually pretty cool to see how far we had come together.

Motherhood is a challenge like no other but, for me,  it is the most fulfilling role I get to play every day.  The day I found out I was pregnant was a surprise of note but the best surprise ever.  I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful pregnancy.  None of the usual aches and pains I had heard about and no morning sickness.    I loved speaking to my son throughout the day and, in my last trimester, I would read Winnie the Pooh to him.  We actually still read that book from time to time and it has become one of his favourites.

Then he arrived.  I was scared, hormonal but very thrilled to finally meet him.  He was a beautiful baby.  He didn’t sleep much which drove me nuts but I was glad he had finally arrived.

The Observer

Watching him become the person that he is today has been an inspiring and, sometimes nerve-wracking, pleasure.  At 2.5 months or so, it’s like a light suddenly switched on and he really came alive.  He had discovered his 3-year-old cousin who was clearly way better at entertaining and stimulating him than I was.  He just lit up whenever he saw him.  The bond that they formed during that time is still as strong as ever.  We only get to see him about 2-3 times a year and the two still enjoy each others company.  It was so cute to hear them last  Christmas when it was time to say goodbye.  His cousin told him how much he missed him because nobody “got him” the way my son did.

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Cousins having fun making candles

At 6 months the munchkin was crawling and started surfing the furniture.  I would come home from work and just watch him explore.  Of course, once he started surfing the furniture, standing was easy but getting back to a sitting position was a bit of a challenge.  No problem for my kid, he spent about half an hour one night just practising how to lower himself without getting hurt.  I was blown away when I realised what he was doing.  At 14 months he decided he wanted to jump with 2 feet off the floor.  He could do it on the bed but not on a hard floor.  He practised every day.  Then one day we went down to the farm and there was a trampoline.  Well…he was such a comical site jumping and keeping his legs up mid-jump.  He looked like a little frog.  The look of sheer delight on his face though…priceless! He still sets himself goals and manages to achieve them.   They are more challenging now like coming first in class but I am just glad to see that the behaviour has stuck.  There have been many more moments like these along the way and I look forward to the many moments to come.

The Caregiver

There is nothing more fulfilling as a mother than being able to look after your child/children.  I have never enjoyed cooking but it has become a labour of love for my child.  The best times are when we cook or bake together.  I don’t know which was more shocking to my own mother, the day I called to say I was pregnant or the day I called to ask for her bacon and egg tart recipe.  My mother is the best baker ever by the way and I think I may have inherited that gene (yay!).   He has a great sense of style and is just really starting to discover himself so taking him shopping is quite fun.  He also has a good eye for what will look good on me so he makes a great shopping companion.  When he is sick, which thankfully is very rare, I get to nurse him back to health.  At night we get to cuddle and read a story before I kiss him goodnight.  He looks forward to our bedtime ritual every night. I probably only have another 2 or so years of it before he tells me he is too old for it so I cherish every opportunity that we have.

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My mini chef at work

The Teacher

Every day is an opportunity to teach him something new even if it’s a new word.  Fortunately, he is a curious soul like his mom so he enjoys learning and being challenged.  Experience is also part of learning so I have tried to incorporate new experiences in whenever I can and when money allows.  I remember reading in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, that one the differences between children from wealthier families compared to poorer kids is the way in which they spent their holidays.  He had noted that the average test scores of children regardless of background at the end of a school term were about the same.  However, when testing them again at the beginning of the next term, children from wealthier backgrounds tended to score higher.  He surmised that one of the reasons for this is that wealthier kids tended to have experiences that cemented the knowledge they gained in class over the holidays while poorer kids tended not too as they were more likely to spend their time playing with friends at home. I can’t afford to give him a whole horde of different experiences every holiday but I can take him to museums,  the aquarium, little road trips and the like to continuously bring to life what he learns and try and add to his knowledge and life experience.  It’s also a great way to spend sometime together outside of our normal day to day setting.

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Entertainment time

The Supporter

I am fortunate in that my son enjoys participating in various sporting activities.  Of course, it means my weekends get interrupted regularly but I don’t mind.  He is having the time of his life and not sitting on a couch all day mindlessly watching cartoons or something.

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Soccer fanatic

 

The Psychologist/Confidante/Life Coach

For the first seven years of his life, it largely was just the two of us.  We did everything together and, because we didn’t live near any other kids for most of that time, I was his best friend.  Trust has been a very very important part of our relationship and I have had to work hard to ensure that he always feels safe enough to tell me about the things that bother him and the things that make him happy.  When he was younger and still battling to process and articulate his feelings, at the end of story time, we would share what made us happy/mad/sad/scared that day.  Through this and other exercises, I eventually figured out the sources of his tantrums and brought them to a halt. He has shared most of his little secrets with me although I think there are some that I think he has held back on.  As long as they didn’t appear to have anything to do with his safety or peace of mind, I have respected his need to hold onto them. Lastly, there’s the role of life coach. Guiding his choices on who to hang out with, what sports to play and how to handle conflicts with other children or his teachers (as is prone to happen as he is very outspoken), has been a learning experience for me too.
There so many other hats I have to wear disciplinarian, spiritual coach, mentor and more. Each one of these roles is no more important than the next and all are tied together beneath a cloak of endless unconditional love. All parents even if their children are of the animal variety rather than human can attest to this being the most fulfilling love one can give and receive in return.

We are officially half way to legal adulthood. I am sure that the road will still have lots of twists and turns. God-willing, I will get to watch him grow into a man. I am looking forward to the journey.

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The search for enlightenment

Hey there,

It’s been a while since I last wrote.   Apologies. I have been doing more reading than writing of late.  I think my curiosity just needed some feeding 🙂  It was feeling a bit starved and out of sorts.  Anyway, the other day I came across the following line in “A year of miracles” by Marianne Williamson…

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I was fascinated.  So much so that this statement has been rolling around in my head for days now.    I have also been engaged in an argument with a friend about what education really is.  It’s like the universe really wants me to give this some thought.  Who am I to say no.  So here goes…

According to the Oxford dictionary, “enlighten” means to “Give (someone) greater knowledge and understanding about a subject or situation”  and to “educate” means to  “Give intellectual, moral, and social instruction to (someone), typically at a school or university.”   Enlightenment is clearly a deeper state of learning than education.  Okay…

I guess for many, education is costly and feels unattainable.  It largely teaches you skills and to think critically.  Einstein said that “Education is not the learning of facts, but training the mind to think.”  Society places a high value on those qualifications that you attain through education so they are very aspirational for many.  The reality is though that you can walk out of university with tons of knowledge but very little wisdom.  I should know.  That definitely describes me on the day I walked out of tech with my food tech diploma in hand.  Once I got to start using some of my skills (I say some because I have never worked a day in my life as a Food Technologist) , and after many conversations with a few older and wiser people, I came to understand that there was more to life and I didn’t really have a clue.  I also realised that the successful and wise people knew things that I could only learn from talking to them or, reading books that they have written or,  watching interviews with them on YouTube or TV.  They don’t know it all but they definitely know more than me and they never stop learning.  Thankfully, they are also more than happy to share their knowledge and pearls of wisdom.

So wisdom clearly has that extra layer.  Wisdom is having the knowledge and knowing where, when and how to use your knowledge effectively to create a win-win situation for all involved.   You don’t need a university education to have wisdom.  In fact, you don’t need a university education to be successful. I’m not saying don’t get one, but there are many examples of true entrepreneurs who never bothered and are worth billions today.  The late Steve Jobs and Richard Branson come to mind.  It’s still not enlightenment though.  Enlightenment is on another level.

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Yesterday I happened upon a video of Oprah Winfrey being interviewed by Stanford students.  You can watch it here.  Light bulbs started flashing in my head…I felt like I had a better grasp of  what enlightenment is.  The video is long (aprox. an hour) but worth the watch.  Oprah, the late Maya Angelou and the Deepack Chopra are examples of people, who I believe, seek enlightenment.  They all have several traits in common:

  • They are authentic.
  • They practice gratitude.
  • They have used their life experiences to gain wisdom.  (They have definitely not walked through life with their blinkers on)
  • They believe in a Higher Power.  They listen to – and surrender to It.  They are fearless because of their faith.
  • They have learnt to let go of that which is not working for them and have learned to embrace what does,  even if it flies in the face of convention.
  • They are not attached to their filters of the world.
  • They often self-reflect in order to keep growing and learning.
  • Most importantly (to me at least), they have found their purpose and are constantly finding new ways to help others achieve the same.

I could go on and on but I am sure you get the point.  I suspect that ultimately, we are all working towards achieving a level of enlightenment in our own way.   The path does appear to be relatively linear i.e knowledge to wisdom to enlightenment, well at least for adults.  Children appear to be pretty enlightened already and then we cloak them with knowledge and filters that dims their little lights for a few years. 😦

All best of on your search for enlightenment.  I will leave you with one last quote that really resonated with me while researching this topic.

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How I quit smoking

It’s February 23rd, 2013.  It’s about 1 pm.  I am standing outside and smoking what will prove to be my last cigarette.  I remember feeling a spot of fear in the pit of my stomach.  I had just finished reading “Allen Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking” by, you guessed it, Allen Carr.😁 I thought back to a month before when I stood in Exclusive Books at the airport and contemplated whether I should give up or not. There were so many very good reasons why I should stop and yet I hesitated.  I loved smoking!  I bought the book anyway.

Nonetheless, here I stood, savouring my last cigarette as instructed by Allen Carr.  I would love to tell you that it was the book itself that made me quit, but, I realise now, that it was me. The book, however, did give me many reasons to really think about why I smoked, what would happen psychologically if I stopped and, how I survived life’s joys and stresses before I lit my first cigarette.

Not long after I got home on the Friday evening, I started reading it with the intention of quitting when I was done. By 1 pm that Saturday, I made the decision to stop for good. I smoked that last cigarette and have never looked back.  Let me not lie to you, the first 3 days were hard! In fact, on day 3 I felt like a junkie in a rehab centre for about an hour or two. I just lay on the couch and rocked back and forth.  It felt like I was going to die. My little munchkin was a trooper and just let me be. At the end of the day, nicotine is addictive and like all other addictions, there is a physical and psychological component to it. You must overcome both. The good news is that it is perfectly doable. It’s been 4 years, 6 months and 1 week since that day and I haven’t looked back. I will not lie, I miss the habit but not enough to light another cigarette.  I am done.

There are several reasons why I believe I was successful.

“Acceptance is the first step to commitment” Benjamin P. Hardy

1. I had accepted that smoking was bad for me and that I wanted to stop when I started reading the book.  Like other smokers, I had previously scoffed at the warnings of impending death and told myself that I would die anyway.  Watching my son grow though made me realise that I wanted to live to watch him become a man and hopefully enjoy a grandkid or two as well. I was also tired of smelling like an ashtray.

2. I approached the book and the process with an open mind. It helped me work through the how’s and why’s of my smoking habit and nicotine addiction. For me it was important that I separate out the two in my mind as they needed to each be acknowledged, understood and dealt with differently.

3. Once I understood the difference between the habit and the addiction and accepted it,  I was able to internalise what I call “mental hooks” to hold onto when my resolve wavered.

“Commitment is a prerequisite to making proactive and purposeful change” Benjamin P. Hardy

4. I was then ready to commit to quitting smoking which I did. Fully. The thing about addiction though is that you have to wake up every day and commit to not starting the habit again. Fortunately, just like learning to drive or riding a bicycle, you become “unconsciously competent” at it after a few weeks. Ultimately,  I was fully committed to the decision to change my behaviour and that made all the difference.

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what method you use to effect change in a particular area in your life. What does matter is your level of commitment to it?  There’s a great article on Medium about this. You can read it here.

My next challenge is losing 30kg. I will keep you posted on my journey. This is going to be a much longer road but I am finally ready for it and I am committed to it.

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Monday Monday 

Omg…it’s Monday again! I can’t wait for tonight through. I will be plonked in front of my TV as soon as I’ve put my son to bed with my snackables and a nice warm blanket to watch GOT…the final episode! 😁 I will be switching off from social media to avoid any spoilers today since I am guessing some of you were up at 3 to watch it. 😜. Definitely not looking forward to the withdrawal symptoms for the next few weeks. They are going to be crazy! 


To think that up until they started advertising season 7, Anthony and I had never watched GOT (Game of Thrones). We also happened to get uncapped wifi at the same time and found seasons 1-6 on showmax. Well…we became  GOT junkies overnight! We binged watch every night as soon as my son was asleep😂. It was insane! Sleep was overrated! We went into withdrawal waiting for season 7 to start🤦🏽‍♀️😜. Now our fix is coming to an end again. Dang it! I feel like I am about to give up smoking all over again! 

Guess we will have to find a new series to binge on in the meantime. Oh wait…”Narcos” is back on Netflix next month!  This cloud has a silver lining after all. 😁We also have our eye on “The Tick” on Amazon Prime. Have any of started watching that? Is it any good?

Reading is my first love but on Mondays, the TV programming guys definitely know how to take the edge off the “Monday Blues”. 😁 It’s the small things in life that keep us sane. 

I would love to about your favourite series that sends you into withdrawal at the end of every season! 

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Bouncing Back

I’ve been in a bit of a funk over the last week or two. Until today, I hadn’t been able to put my finger on why. Work has been crazier than ever the whole year. Was this starting to take its toll on me? We laid my uncle to rest last week. Was my sadness at having to say goodbye to him, adding to this feeling of being drained? I hadn’t really had much “Me-time” either the past few weeks. Was this also contributing to the feelings of weariness and exhaustion? My mind feels like it is clogged with a million thoughts all wrapped into a ball of fuzz. Even writing hasn’t helped me get clarity as to where these feelings stem from. I have been so frustrated.
This afternoon, while scrolling through Facebook, I happened upon a post from “Elephant Journal” that gave me an AHA moment. The concept is not new to me or anyone. I, for one, just needed a reminder. My physical world was in complete disarray! My wardrobe shelves are stuffed with clothing. Half of it I don’t wear. My house is bulging at the seams with “stuff” that I don’t use. As a result, I have no space for the things I do need! The bathroom scale has been groaning under my weight. This continued weight gain has started making movement a chore. It’s not healthy and it’s not fun feeling and looking like a tub of lard. As a result of all of this,  I have not had a lot of energy so a lot of chores and tasks that I wanted to get done/progress have fallen by the wayside leaving me feeling terribly guilty. Each item has had a knock-on effect on something else. Yes, you have figured it out…I desperately need to spring clean almost every facet of my life!
“Things come to you when you let go”
The clutter is causing stagnation in my life and my thinking. I took a break and did just a little bit of clearing while writing this post and already a see a light at the end of the tunnel. This, of course, is not enough so here is what I commit to doing over the next month:
1. Bag – place all my old clothes that I haven’t worn in at least a year in a bag for donations. I will do the same for Alex’s clothing and toys
2. Discard – throw out the broken goods that I either can’t fix or am not interested in fixing.
3. Take before and after pictures so that I can see the difference and appreciate how far I have come.
4. I have chosen the colours for my dining room and kitchen walls (finally!) They will be painted to celebrate the arrival of spring 🙂
5. Re-look at my budget and identify wasted money that I can put towards a goal that I have.
Accomplishing these tasks will go a long way to making space for the things that need to come into my life. I will keep you posted on my progress.
If you would like to read the Elephant Journal article that led to my aha moment as well as for additional tips, you can find it here: Clean it up
I would love to hear tips from you on how to not only go about spring cleaning your house and your life but also how to maintain the change. Please leave your tips and suggestions in the comments.
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Wish me luck with my spring cleaning!

My smartphone…friend or foe?

I feel connected to my smartphone at the hip. Sometimes this feels like a good thing and sometimes not. I take a look at how I use my smartphone and the benefits it brings as well as the drawbacks.

Hi All,
Earlier today I was reading about a Netflix producer who had decided to give up the internet. He had deleted all the apps on his smartphone, including his browser. I don’t know about you, but the idea of it made my heart rate go up just a spot. I could feel a bit of anxiety kick in. It was quite freaky to realise how I was reacting to the mere thought of no internet. This got me thinking. Is my smartphone my friend or my foe?

I bought my first cell phone back in 1999 I think. It was a Sony Ericsson. It was blue and black and had a stubbish aerial. I thought I was the bees knees, the fly’s thighs and the bugs ankles when it rang in public…lol. Of course, all it could do was make and receive calls and text messages. It didn’t even have the game “snake” on it. It was mine though and I loved it. My internet fixation was fed through a dial-up connection and a desktop computer. The brand of the computer escapes me but I do remember that it was a white one. I lived alone at the time which made it easy for me to spend hours on it some nights. Everything was so slow back then that I did not always have the patience to wait for the computer to start up or for pages to open up.  This resulted in me not accessing the net every night. The internet turned out to be the perfect place to feed my insatiable curiosity about “stuff” and “things” :-). It opened up a whole new world for me. At this point, though, the internet and my phone had their place in my life. I still spent a lot of my time reading books and magazines. I loved going to the mall and shopping with my friend or even just window shopping sometimes. I enjoyed flea markets and visiting friends.

Fast forward to 2017. I now have an iPhone…a mini computer in the palm of my hand. I have instant access to personal and work documents and mails as well as everything the internet has to offer, and I can still connect with my loved ones via calls or messaging. Sharing experiences in real time with friends and family around the world is not only possible but it as easy as pie.  Life has definitely changed dramatically and a lot of things have become easier to accomplish which is fantastic! The problem is that all these apps on my phone can serve as a distraction from the more meaningful experiences in life like connecting with my son, spending quality time with my boyfriend (he is probably worse than me when it comes to the amount of time spent glued to that phone’s screen though). I also don’t read as much as I used to or even get to the mall that often. As for visiting friends…well, I can’t blame my phone solely for not visiting them anymore. They have lives too, and we all have different priorities now, although our smartphones do help us remain connected on some level.

I used to tell myself that my games helped me switch off from the world. Candy crush only allows me 5 lives at a time, thereby imposing a limit on the amount of time I can spend playing (Thank goodness!) and I have to wait for my opponents play their turns on scrabble so my interaction is limited but is it all really necessary? I can live without Candy crush, but I do enjoy my scrabble games and the people I play against. It is so easy to get lost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I don’t actually spend that much time scrolling through feeds believe it or not. What does happen is that I”ll see a link to a blog or an article that interests me and then off I go. That article will have links to other articles and websites and I will just keep on clicking until, next thing I know, an hour has passed and my watch is telling me that I need to stand :-). The truth of the matter is that I was probably procrasting about something that actually needed to be done like washing the dishes or working on an assignment or worse, studying for exams, and instead of postponing it for a “few more minutes” I have now lost an entire hour to a distraction that probably wasn’t adding any value to my life.

Time is precious. Before I became a mom, I was not as acutely aware of this as I am now. “Me time” especially is more precious than gold when you are a mom. When you have it, you also become more aware of the concepts of “priorities” and “opportunity costs”. I find myself using my smartphone as an excuse or tool to numb myself to these facts of life and slip into a cocoon surrounded by the internet and the illusion that I am “educating myself” in some way or another when I should really be doing something productive towards my goals especially. So yes, in this instance the smartphone is definitely my foe. It does have it’s place, however. The camera on my phone is a lifesaver! I use it to take pics of everything, including my shopping lists, recipes I see, interesting information I come across in a store or on the street. Google/Safari helps me find quick answers to everyday stuff that I might suddenly need to know. I do learn random stuff through Facebook and the like and I enjoy keeping up to date with friends and family through them as well as keeping abreast of local and world events. I have discovered however that deleting the apps and accessing them on the net only results in less frequent visits because access is no longer at my fingertips and, because I don’t see the icons all the time, they are no longer top of mind . It also means I have more space on my phone and use less data. (yay!).

I guess at the end of the day, the technological marvel that is the smartphone, is definitely a good thing, a friend, but it can easily be a foe if you let it. You just have to remember who holds the power (and yes it’s you and not the phone…).

Do you have any tips or tricks that you use to keep your smartphone from taking over your life?  Please share them in the comments below.

 

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