Breaking the Constant Connection Habit

Maybe this is a bit counter-intuitive during a month when I’ve committed to writing a blog post every day, but now seems as good a time as any make a much needed change.

Why wait until January 1?

Since I started to get serious about this whole changing my career thing, I’ve taken on extra work in addition to writing this blog in addition to continuing to work full time. In the midst of this chaos, I’ve picked up some bad habits… like being on my computer near-constantly, up to and including the moment I pass out for the night.

Yep, I bring my laptop to bed with me. And while I’d like to pretend that I’m being “productive” at 11 p.m., I’m usually just reading celebrity gossip, or worse, blind gossip. To be fair, sometimes I’m just reading through every last comment in the latest Nashville recap, which I’m pretty sure is better.

But maybe not.

This has actually been a problem for a long time, but it’s getting worse. And we all know there’s tons of research showing that devices like our phones, tablets, and computers screw with hormone levels and disrupt sleep patterns.

So starting today, I am going to go the rest of November without taking my computer (or my phone or my iPad) to bed with me. Sounds like my computer is getting the raw end of this deal.

I feel compelled to end this post with, “That’s what she said.”

10 thoughts on “Breaking the Constant Connection Habit

  1. I’ve started doing this too, and it’s made things a lot better!

    Plus, I like any blog post that includes a cat because I’M THAT GIRL.

    • I have used this photo on three blog posts now, so you’re welcome.

      Day 1 was a success, FYI. Since I don’t have a book at the moment, I brought a magazine to bed. And I passed out by 10:06.

  2. Ugh. I understand what you mean. It feels very difficult to break from technology, especially when a huge part of what you do requires you to be connected. I wish you the best of luck! Remember, too, that if you slip one day (or even more), that’s not a failure. Just try again tomorrow. 🙂 Change is a process, I have faith that you can do this AND NaBloPoMo.

    • Thank you JoAnne! This is why I decided to just make it bedtime, and not a more stringent rule like, “Turn off all electronics at 9pm.” If I can just make it into the bed without my computer, I’ll probably be OK. 😉

    • Thanks Lynn! I’ve made it three days ;). I am getting into bed a little later than I usually do, but I’m finding that I fall asleep quicker.

  3. Lmao. Your last comment has me chuckling over here. I was already tickled because I’m laying in BED reading your post on my TABLET thinking about how I need to be getting to rest.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *