I first started experimenting with internet-free weekends in 2011.
Two ‘aha’ moments combined to prompt me to start thinking that perhaps the discomfort might be well worth the effort.
We all know that focus is powerful and our devices can be a big part of the distractedness problem. But what if they could also be part of the solution?
Reports vary on exactly how many hours the average adults spends on screens each day – different studies report anything between 7 and 12 hours. However, it only takes a few moments considering our own days, and the amount of time spent across desktops, laptops, phones and tablets to know that it’s a significant part of our day, and often the place we’re performing work that really requires us to focus and be at our mental best.
So how, then, can we leverage our devices to actually help us to focus?
I believe that intentionally expanding our understanding of the world through the differing perspectives of others is an incredibly important component of living deliberately. Reading is one powerful way to do that.
Reading is also good for developing focus and empathy, for reducing stress, for enhancing leadership capacity, for fostering deep and innovating thinking, and for improving memory!
Who doesn’t want to live a brave life, really?
And yet we we don’t always live that way.
Fear has a way of spilling its lies into our lives, and when we believe them, we too often draw back – from risk, from relationships, from the raw unpredictability of our bravest life.