Ever had one of those “aha” moments? I had one just the other day. There I was, sitting in my feng shui workshop, not tapping into my universal energy, not trying to nourish my inner harmony, but instead making a connection …
We know feng shui is an ancient Chinese art. America didn’t really catch onto it though until the seventies, after Nixon went to China. And wasn’t that about the same time Steve Jobs stood hunched over in his garage, building the first computer? Maybe feng shui’s rise in popularity parallels the rise of the digital age. With all that stimuli coming at us all day long, little wonder we’re craving some quiet order.
My thoughts snapped back as soon as I heard the instructor tell us to keep all electronics out of the bedroom; they interrupt the room’s harmony and flow. To create space for good feng shui energy, you need to banish TV, phone, iPad and PC.
What? Really? But I like to watch CNN before I go to sleep. I check my phone and keep it stashed on my nightstand. Sometimes I cozy up on my pillows and Skype the kids on my iPad. I’ll feng shui, but I have my limits. We all do.
So I started thinking … how do we set those limits? Is it possible to maintain a healthy harmony between ourselves and our gadgets?
I turned to my nearest gadget for answers. Not surprisingly, most of the articles written about this subject are geared toward parents wanting to set screen limits for their kids. But many of the suggestions, I think, can be adapted for grownups as well:
Schedule unplugged time throughout your day. Turn off your phone and shut your laptop at mealtimes, whether you’re eating alone or with company.
Create specific times for checking email, such as once every morning, afternoon or evening. That way you’re not shackled to constant interruptions.
Whenever possible, talk face to face. Ever had someone text you while you’re under the same roof? I have! Calls, texts, emails and Mac FaceTime may all be easier ways to communicate, but they can’t hold a candle to real face time.
Find ways to use electronics more efficiently, so you don’t have to be in front of them as much. Organize your contacts in one, easily accessible place. Use apps that streamline your tasks.
Recently I was hired to create education for agents to use iPads for tracking prospects and building sales. As I was creating the education, I kept thinking about how far we’ve come since Jobs sat tinkering in his garage. Technology continues to give us new; you could even say superhuman powers. Provided we learn how to use it with skill, and discrimination.
“Everybody gets so much information all day
they lose their common sense.”
– Gertrude Stein
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