Hello, I hope you are doing well at the start of the week! everything is fine here, morale boost with the arrival of spring (even if it is very cold at the moment). Social networks are a significant source of information, communication and entertainment and I am not ready to let them down. But we have to admit that we always feel better when we avoid excesses and that there are a lot of other options available to us rather than endlessly scrolling aimlessly. . Solidarity, solitary, outdoor, militant, recreational alternatives, online or not. Today I’m talking about things to do instead of scrolling aimlessly on your phone like we all do sometimes.

1. A PHONE-FREE MORNING ROUTINE

What is your morning routine? What is the first thing you usually do as soon as you open your eyes in the morning? If your first action is to systematically check your phone, then give up this bad habit right away. By consulting your phone when you wake up, you waste a lot of time concentrating on futile, even useless things, who are not actually there. All this to postpone, what you can do during this important moment of your day. The first hour of the day is crucial. This is where it all comes down to it. Hence the importance of developing an effective morning routine. It will determine and define your state of mind throughout the day. It will determine and define your state of mind throughout the day. When I go to sleep at night, for example, I leave my phone in another room of the house and I have also invested in an alarm clock. In the morning I don’t touch my phone until I finish getting ready to go to work, for example. And if I’m not working, I take the opportunity to do a little meditation, write the scripts for my YouTube videos, plan my blog posts or simply go out for some fresh air…

2. WORK ON YOUR CONCENTRATION

I find it increasingly difficult to stay focused on a task, because there are so many distractions, notifications and demands that come our way all the time! Of course, it is also unrealistic to expect to stay focused for hours at a time. What I do is time how many hours I’m supposed to spend in a day in front of my apps. I also used to work with « TO DO LIST »: I write down everything I have to do in a day or during the week and I check off what I have already done as I go along. I also recommend the Pomodoro technique: the objective is to stay 100% focused on a single task for 25 min (called a session), a short break of 5 min separates each session and then a longer break comes after multiple sessions. In short, this technique is very simple to use: all you need is a timer and iron discipline while remaining tough and effective.

3. SPEND TIME WITH PEOPLE IN REAL LIFE

We’ve all had that nasty feeling of talking to someone, but not feeling fully listened to, because the other person is staring at their phone. Since we know it’s something painful to feel, let’s try not to make others suffer it either. We often spend so much time on social media apps and sites that we don’t realize how much time we’re wasting with friends and family in real life. So let’s make a conscious effort to spend healthy, quality time with our friends and family offline. Let’s make sure we don’t pick up our phone unless absolutely necessary. Whether it’s over a meal or watching a movie, let’s focus on being present in the moment rather than posting to our Instagram or Facebook page.

4. LISTEN TO PODCASTS WHILE DOING OTHER THINGS

If there’s one thing I like to do these last few months while I’m tidying up or cooking, or while I’m cleaning, it’s listening to podcasts. Otherwise I also like to listen to audiobooks with audible.

5. SORT

We accumulate a lot of mess over time. Decluttering your house/apartment often allows you to have a freer and lighter mind as if you had tidied up your head at the same time as at home. The goal is to find your things more quickly and you gain plenty of space to store them. It’s so much easier and faster to clean up afterwards. The fewer objects you have, the fewer things you have to store, clean, dust off…in short, the more tidy and easy to clean it is, the more motivated you are to keep the space that way. Besides, you can make a few pennies by selling things you no longer use. It often makes you want to reduce your consumption. And when you see all the stuff you’re piling up and the energy it takes to get rid of it, you think twice before buying new things. All benefits for the wallet and the environment! And you ? What is your relationship with your phone? Do you sometimes feel like you’re scrolling aimlessly?