Stimulus, Response….Fight the Predictability!

Rushing around, breakfast, laundry, teeth brushed, find the equipment, someone screaming, one is in the car beeping…

I’m halfway to the lacrosse field when I realize I’ve left my phone on the kitchen table. Immediately I felt this unreasonable sense of dread…as if the world would crumble if I took 3 hours outside the reach of my phone.  Driving and breathing, I tried to figure out where this irrational fear stemmed.

Remember a time when you drove a car without a phone within arm’s length?

Remember when a client would leave a voice mail over the weekend and not expect a return call until Monday?

Remember heading out for vacation with a bag including sunblock and a cover up instead of a computer?

Are we overstimulated???

Yes and No.

I believe balance is the key. We can choose to use what we have without being tied to it.  The knowledge of our ability to live fully and choose wisely without attachment to the outcome has the capacity to change our lives.

Use your equipment fully to increase your productivity, better serve your clients, and make your life easier.  But make sure to schedule tech free time to keep you on your toes, reduce stress, and become less inclined to turn Pavlov if you encounter a breakdown in technology.  Adaptability and equilibrium are crucial.

Action Step:  Practice with baby steps…Leave the phone home for a few hours (ok, some may need to start with 30 minutes LOL).   Perhaps you can make Saturday Computer Free Day.  Or GASP….go camping for the weekend with no electricity at all!  (no cheating by sneaking out to the car to charge your smart phone!)  The people in your life will thank you for this time…this time to enjoy you fully while you immerse yourself in them!

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About FindYourFire

Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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1 Response to Stimulus, Response….Fight the Predictability!

  1. Joel B. says:

    Being responsible for customers, employees, payrole, deadlines, etc,etc is exhausting. Leaving the cell phone at home when you are on call 24 hours a day is not usually an option. Putting it on vibrate and answering calls, texts and emails selectivly and in my own time helps. Never answer the phone for Heathers Yoga Class, Accupunture Treatment or Dance Lessons it ruins the head.

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