Ugh, the weekly grind gets so long, and you just want to come home from work and have some “me” time!!
But, the kids are still awake, and not to mention, supper needs to be on the table in 10 minutes…
Your friend is texting you about something not important, and as much as you love her, really? Right now?
Oh, and work today-ugh… I might not go back tomorrow-well if I didn’t need the paycheck I wouldn’t!
Yes, most days may not(or maybe they are) like this, but you get the drift. Things seem like such a rush at night during the week, it is a wonder we have enough time to really get everything done. I have thought about sleep training myself so I do not need more than four hours of sleep. I haven’t figured that one out yet…
But, I cannot add more time to the day-I only have 24 hours-and as of right now I still need 8 hours of sleep to function. I have started making changes in my life to start making more out of the time I do have. I have found one that has really allowed me to spend more time with my kids, and it is so easy, you can incorporate it into your day.
Ready?… Put down your phone.
When I used to get home from work, I would be busy going through my personal emails-catching up on days worth of things that could wait. Oh, and the social media- I had narrowed myself down to using only one social media platform, but then I would sit and scroll, scroll and scroll! Oh, and maybe I should call my sister and text back so and so. Then-poopy- I need to get supper made and I didn’t even enjoy any time with my kids. Then, eat supper and the rest of the night is spent getting the day wrapped up with them.
Putting down the phone is so much easier said than done, but it is important! I have weaned myself off of social media slowly. It is painful at first, but then I get to a place where I do not miss it, and actually feel happier without it. I have also set aside times of the day when I am going to use my cell phone-and these are times when I cannot be playing with my kids.
So, what has this lead to? I get to push my kids on the swing for an extra five minutes- and they get all of my attention, not half of it. Or, they can tell me a story and I am actually going to listen, not just do the “one ear and out the other.”
Does weaning yourself off your phone “scare” you or are you already doing it? What was or is the hardest part for you?