Technology is awesome...to a point. We all know that runaway use of technology can easily mess up our sleep and cortisol levels. But, good news, there's a number of really simple things we can do...
1. Put your Wifi router on a timer. Off at 11p, on at 7am. Decreases elecro-smog in the house, and deters you from staying up past 11 watching Netflix. If you usually go to bed at midnight, you could even set the timer for midnight...and then in a few days, back it off to 1145p...and so on, slowly training yourself to get to get sleep earlier. Don't doubt it: light is a stimulant just like sugar and carbs. Keep it under control so you get your beauty sleep, and have energy the next day for what matters.
2. Set your email to zero push notifications. On your phone. I set up my email so it does not notify me. If I'm expecting an important email, I open my email app and I check to see if it has come in. You can do the same with facebook notifications too of course. Eliminating unnecessary push notifications may take a min but it can save you a lot of time, and peace of mind.
3. Amber lenses. This is a very simple thing that I find very powerful. You can buy amber lenses on Amazon and some whole food stores - they look like sunglasses. You just put them on in the evening (like after 7p) and they make everything you look at warmer. By blocking blue light, you make an easier transition to sleep, since your melatonin production is not interfered with. Installing F.Luxe on your computer has a similar effect.
4. This a powerful practice: make your phone into a "meditation bell'. I got this advice from Eckhart Tolle, and it's very simple. When your phone rings, or a notification goes off of any kind, immediately relax. Take a breath or two. Then, after one or two rings, or even more, you decide how you will respond to it. You are training yourself to *not react* to your phone. This is powerful and important. We really want to train ourselves to be non-reactive in every area of our lives. Non-reactive, but very responsive.
5. Try "Pomodoro's". You can even download a Pomodoro app. Pomodoro's are a way of working where you work for 45 min, then break for 15... then back to work. Our body-brain system has natural rhythms of focus and relaxation, and it's a way of honouring them.
Technology is powerful. Learning to use it powerfully is a very important key ability of entrepreneurs and creatives of all kinds. Take the time to set up systems that support you instead of drain and distract you. There are also many videos on You Tube that can show you how to better use the various applications that make up your day.
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