Just eat a banana
This morning I got up as I tend to do. I did these new breathing exercises I’ve been trying[^1], did my exercises, got the coffee pot going; all the stuff of the first hour of the morning. I grabbed a banana and sat down on the couch. Next thing I knew, I was holding my phone and opening my email app. I looked at the phone for a moment and said to myself, “why don’t we just eat a banana?” Setting the phone aside, I peeled said banana and ate it. It was pretty darn good.
For the last couple of years, I’ve been in this exploration of what is it like to re-imagine my relationship with technology. I’ve made some forward motion, but not really. This morning, I was reminded: sometimes it makes sense to just eat a banana.
There are some principles that I’ve used to help me in this:
- No looking at my phone from Point A to Point B (in other words, if I’m walking or driving somewhere, there is no need to just pull out my phone and look at it).
- Always have a purpose for getting on the phone/computer.
- Take a breath before getting on the device.
I feel like there were more, but I’m not remembering them right now.
Anyway, I’m taking this banana moment as a reminder. It’s possible to have a relationship with my technology that’s useful, and not distracting.
Here’s to the next step.