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Put Your Phone Away After Reading This Article — Seriously

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Is the first thing that you do each morning and the last thing that you do every night is check your phone for messages, emails and social media updates? Do you find yourself reaching for your phone every few minutes or when you have a moment to spare? Did you know that your relationship with your ‘smartphone’ could be actually reducing your short-term memory?

Do you have a habit of keeping a place on the dinner table where you can keep your phone at easy reach? While you are at work or doing a task are you easily distracted by the sound of a beep, a whistle or an notification from your cell phone? Computer science professor Erik Fransén , says “when you are on Facebook, you are making it harder to keep the things that are ‘online’ in your brain that you need. You are reducing your own working memory capacity.”

Have you noticed that the smartphone is having a negative effect on the conversations that you have with the people around you? Are you more interested in scrolling through Pinterest than having a good discussion with your friends or family members? Sociologist Sherry Turkle warns that cell phones are killing the art of conversation and are actually hurting our interactions with others.

Here are three simple steps that will help you limit the time that you spend using your phone.

1. Out Of Sight Out Of Mind:

By keeping your phone on your desk, at the dinner table or beside you on the couch, you are too easily tempted to check it every few minutes. Instead get into the positive, productive habit of putting your phone on silent and keep it out of sight in a drawer or a handbag.

2. Limit Your Time:

Give yourself a few minutes in the morning to check your phone for emails and messages. I like to take a few minutes in the morning to go through my Facebook feed to read some motivational quotes and articles. I then spend just a few minutes at lunchtime and in the evening to connect with friends from around the world. I like to think of the time that I spend online is productive time. Instead of losing track of time while scrolling through your social media feeds, get into the habit of limiting yourself to a certain amount of time before putting your phone away.

3. Quality over Quantity:

Do you follow a thousand people on twitter? Perhaps you have liked dozens of Facebook pages and Pinterest accounts? Take the time to go through your social media accounts and start clearing up space on your news-feed. Turn your social media time into quality time and choose pages or accounts that will inspire, inform and connect you with like-minded people.

 

Put Your Phone Away After Reading This Article

 

This article is by no means anti- technology or anti-smartphone, it is more pro-conversation and pro-interaction. Create sacred spaces around you where mobile phone use is out of bounds; the dinner table, the kitchen, the car and the bedroom for starters. Limit the time that you spend using your phone and finally, get into the wonderful habit again of having a conversation without reaching for your phone.

The people that you love and that you care about are far more interesting and stimulating than your Twitter or Facebook feeds. Go ahead, put your phone down- seriously.

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6 Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

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Reasons Why You Should Create A Bucket List

The term ‘bucket list’ has become quite popular in recent years. It has been used in pop culture references and as a casual topic of conversation when someone wants to do something. Chances are, you have heard someone say, “Oh, that’s on my bucket list!” But, a bucket list is more than just a fantasy, an out of reach dream or an excuse to say that you want to do many things, only to never follow through on them.

There are actually many benefits to creating a bucket list, if you just put in the time, the thought and the dedication into it. Making a bucket list is a perfect way to set your life goals and to stay focused on making them a reality. Still not 100% convinced? Let’s take a look at six reasons why you really should create a bucket list. Maybe, by the end of this article, you will be ready to put together one of your very own.

1. It Gives You a Purpose

While putting together a bucket list won’t tell you what the meaning of your life is, it can help to give you a purpose to your life. A bucket list should be more about the major goals that you have for yourself, rather than a bunch of fun little things that you might want to do. A bucket list gives you something to get out of life and allows you to stay focused while you are doing it.

Have you ever been bored, wondering what you’re going to do this weekend to fill up your free time? A bucket list can give you that answer, encouraging you to always work towards the things that you truly want to do and experience in life.

2. It Brings Your Goals to Life

As stated above, a bucket list should be about exciting goals that you have for yourself. But, it is also an opportunity to hone in on those goals. Many people have ambitions and even make goals or resolutions for themselves each year only to be forgotten a few days later. But, when you have a specific list of goals written down, it can help to make you more motivated and focused to achieve them.

Goals are incredibly important to have, and the fact that your bucket list can make those goals clearer and more tangible is really important.

3. You Will Create Lasting Memories

Memories are one of life’s greatest treasures. As you start to accomplish the things on your bucket list, you will also be making wonderful memories each time. Since you are doing the things you really want to do, those memories will bring you comfort, a sense of achievement and give you something positive to look back on and share with others.

Bucket list Create Lasting Memories

4. It Will Pull You Forward

Have you ever been in a “funk” in life, or maybe you have had bouts of feeling down or depressed that have kept you from doing the things you typically enjoy? No one wants to stay in that kind of mindset for long. Because a bucket list can help to give you a sense of purpose, it can also give you the motivation to pull yourself out of a funk. It can call you to do something new, something different, or something that even challenges you. Sometimes, that’s all a person needs to be pulled out of a tired or depressed state.

Additionally, doing something on your bucket list will help to distract you for a while. That can be a great solution for someone who has anxiety or tends to focus too much on the negative things in life. Sometimes, a distraction can be a welcomed reprieve.

5. You Will Experience Life-Long Learning

When you commit yourself to having new experiences, you are also committing yourself to learning something new. So many people think that learning stops when you finish school, but you can learn so much more simply by living and trying more new things throughout your life. People who embrace this type of lifestyle are called “lifelong learners”. The reality is this; you will never be able to learn everything there is to know. But, because all of us have such a short time on this planet to figure things out, the more experiences we participate in, the more that we will learn and grow. Not only can a bucket list help you to learn things about different cultures, skills, situations, people and personalities.

It can also help you to learn more about yourself. Closing your mind off to the idea of lifelong learning will cause you to become stagnant with your thoughts and your growth. As a human being, you should have a desire to continue to grow and achieve as much as you possibly can throughout your life. Working through your bucket list can help you to achieve that.

Bucket List For Life long Learning

6. You Will Never Run Out of Things to Do

If you sit down to make a bucket list, you might write down anywhere from 10-100 things that you really want to do. But, it doesn’t have to stop there. Chances are, as you start to work through some of the things on your list, you will come up with more ideas.

Experiencing new things, and even challenging things, is a great way to get inspired and motivated to continue on that trend. A bucket list can truly be never-ending as you come up with more exciting new ideas and goals for yourself.

Building Your Bucket List and Bettering Your Life

There are so many additional reasons why you should create a bucket list for yourself. Remember, a bucket list is a very personal thing, and the experiences you put on the list should be things that you truly want to do or accomplish. Don’t make them  so unrealistic that you will never plan on committing to. Instead, promise yourself that you will immerse yourself in those experiences.

A bucket list might be something you create to accomplish things before you pass on, but in creating one and diving into new experiences, there is a good chance you will feel more alive than ever!

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

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8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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