9 ways to be more present in your life
About a year ago, at dinner and saw six friends at dinner table, all on phone
Look around and see it everywhere
Parents with kids
Friends out shopping, out to eat or at the beach
At meetings – people on phones and laptops answering emails
Hiking, Biking, etc. – taking pics
Meetings at the office
A recent study by mobileinsurance.com has revealed that the average person spends 90 mins a day on their phone. That figure may not sound like a lot but that amounts up to 23 days a year and 3.9 years of the average person's life is spent staring at their phone screen
Those between the ages of 18 and 24 look at their phones most often, with an average of 74 checks per day. Americans in the 25-34 age bracket look at their devices 50 times per day, and those between 35 and 44 do so 35 times each day
When it comes to extreme averages, teenagers take the prize. Their daily average time spent on social media is nine hours a day. That's longer than most people spend sleeping or in school.
Not being present:
Sends a message to others that they are just not that important
Means you’re not fully engaged in the experience / memory you are creating
Taking pics and sharing – some moments are just better left to be remembered by your mind, life has become over shared
Some ways to be more present in your life:
Live in the moment, enjoy the time you are spending with whoever you are with
Limit phone use
Don’t take laptops to meetings
Don’t be on your phone while with friends – occasional selfie is ok
No need to document every step of your life
Be a little more mysterious
Wife Natalie and I created a “no phone zone” – phones get put in a dish in living room at 8 pm – no social media, etc.
On date night, we bring a burner for emergencies, leave phones at home
We agree to work on laptops – but “work” for an hour before any TV
Put the phones down, Be “with” the people you’re with.
People appreciate it when you appreciate their time that they are giving you.
Try it, and you’ll start designing the life you want, and getting to done.