Hello Reader. Found yourself developing the habit of RPC (rapid-phone-checking), or wondering how to get more focused time back into your schedule, well then this post is for you!
Welcome to the series titled after a comment I often get to hear, “Wait, that helps?!?”. In this series, we will look at a few areas, habits, or practices that truly help but might be either alternative, odd, surprising, or any other similar adjective that comes to mind.
In the second of this series, we look at the fabulous uses of everyday airplane mode!
Directly stated, applying “airplane mode” as actions in your everyday life will improve your relationships and productivity.
Think about it this way, the actual function of airplane mode turns off cellular (voice and data), wi-fi and Bluetooth which allows for that energy to be applied in other ways. So just like the function on your cellular device, you can apply those to everyday actions.
We know there are 4 uses for airplane mode (according to David Nield on FieldGuide and the Apple iPhone):
- Saves battery life – because it focuses on battery power being used only by currently used functions, not ones that are running behind the scenes.
- Speeds up charging –because the device isn’t having to send power elsewhere, just to the battery.
- Disables notifications – because there is no wifi or Bluetooth but you can still see contacts, photos, and notes.
- Resets connectivity –sometimes a device reports its lost connection, and typically you might power down and restart, but airplane mode allows a user to reset the connection without the complete shut down.
If we apply those 4 uses into “Everyday Airplane Mode” it looks like this:
- Take times to rest/meditate/pray – it’s proven that when your brain gets moments, even just 10 minutes/day, of focusing only on resting, breathing, and meditating you have more to give to other areas
- Refresh quicker – turn off the distractions, or at least the social media notifications for a short time each day and see yourself refresh quicker
- Mono-task – multi-tasking is a myth and should never be repeated, except when you tell yourself to stop. Give yourself uninterrupted time with a loved one, a new friend, a project, or a task and reap the rewards of true energized focus.
- Reset your connections – creating tech-free times at home and at work (when able) allows your connections to reset relationally.
That’s Everyday Airplane Mode and yes, it works!
So this week try applying these to your everyday and leave a comment to share how you applied it!
Connect with me and let me know how it goes!
Liz Lawrence, MA, LPC-S is counselor, coach and creative who is passionate about people. She directs a counseling center in Austin, Texas and with husband David Lawrence co-leads the non-profit Renue.Me whose mission is to invest in the dreams of leaders in underprivileged communities around the world. Connect with her at www.lizlawrencelpc.com or www.renue.me
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