ST. CROIX INSIGHTS

Turning off Technology

BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC

It’s something I’ve failed at for as long as I can remember. Technology has become a way of life for me. It’s an ongoing feeling that I feel like I always need to check my email and phone. If I had one habit I’d like to change it is to be less dependent on technology.

Granted I’m getting old, I know I don’t show it, but growing up technology wasn’t a big part of our lives. Back in the day, I remember having a TV channel changer that was a 30-foot cord. Back then it was cool. Today, cords are old school expect for charging your phone and soon Apple will capture the cordless charing marketplace.

I’ve been trying to not check my emails from Friday at 5 p.m. until late afternoon on Sunday. Some weekends are better than others where I can resist checking during that time frame. But it’s a struggle and I feel the need to keep up second on what’s happening.

I’ve always liked the touch and feel of an actual book. I never understood the appeal of reading a book from a device. Recently, I purchased an iPad Pro for work and it turns out I enjoy reading books in that format. I like the portability of not having to carry a book or two with me. Plus each book I read on the iPad I can highlight and takes notes, which was I like the old school of actual physical books. Turns out the iPad saves me the time of retyping my notes from the books I read.

Technology isn’t going to leave my life anytime soon. I’ll continue to have off limit times on checking emails and texts and focus on family and quiet time. It’s not unreasonable to have a day of rest each week from technology.

Now if I could just teach my youngest this lesson about technology and limiting its power on their lives. That would be great.

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