5 Reasons to Control Your Technology
Technology is a wave which can overtake you in a second. Without warning its use can come crashing down on you without ever realizing what happened. In a tech-driven culture we measure iterations of change in weeks and months instead of years. This constant cycle of changes means we are at a disadvantage in having an adequate amount of time to asses how any technology may fit into our lives.
Instead of doing the proper research to see where, or if, we need a certain device, we simply take the word of friends, co-workers, or manufacturers. All of whom may not have your best interests at heart. If we continue in this cycle of blindly accepting the latest and greatest, we will quickly be consumed by a very destructive wave. Constantly being controlled by objects which we should be controlling.
In order to turn the tide of technology in your life you need to take back control. Stop letting others dictate to you what you should be buying, using, or consuming on a daily basis. Take the time to assess your needs, wants, and goals and then decide which technology can help and support you in achieving those tasks.
This puts technology as an aide, not a burden, in your life. In taking this step you are tapping into five different reasons to take back control of the technology in your life.
Live Life on Your Standards
When you let others dictate your technology consumption you are living by their standards. With overwhelming access to social media, news, movies, streaming television, news, podcasts, and messaging any “free time” you might have can easily be consumed without a thought. But is this really how you want to spend your time?
By assessing your desires and mapping out your technology use, you are choosing to live a life on your standards, not someone else’s desire for you. This puts you back in the driver’s seat of controlling the technology in your life. Choosing to live a life and pursuit built upon your dreams and not anyone else’s selfish desires for how you live life.
Control Your Content
When you choose to control your technology, you are also choosing to control the content you consume. With all the negativity, distractions, “fake news”, and useless information being distributed. It is extremely easy to be taken off course with content which is not beneficial to your main pursuits. When you assess your consumption you are taking the time to review what you are consuming and eliminating the sites, social media apps, or users whose content is not benefiting your goals.
This benefit is a shift from consuming everything to pinpointing those specific places whose information is benefiting your goals. If the content you are consuming is not benefiting your pursuits, then it is either detrimental or simply a distraction. By focusing your attention on beneficial content you are eliminating negativity. Then you can build up a more positive framework to move forward in your pursuits.
Think over your week and how you spend your time. When you think about the time spent on YouTube, the Internet, Groupon, SnapChat, Facebook, LinkedIn, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, or Instagram, where these the best use of your time. If you honestly sat down and added up the amount of time you spent on these sites what would your total usage in one week total? Then think about all the other, more useful, tasks or pursuits you could have committed the time spent on these sites to?
Yes, you can come up with a dozen different excuses about this is how I relax or I need to check in with my friends. But the more you use these excuses the more you are keeping yourself from a better quality of life. By being honest about what you really need to spend your time with, your are literally creating more time within your day and week. By simply eliminating those spaces of time which are consuming your time with no benefit. You are creating spaces where you can use your time for for more beneficial pursuits.
One of the greatest reasons to control your technology is to simply remove the distractions which are keeping you from a better life. When you read reports about how people feel worse after spending time on social media. How our phones have made us uber dependent upon being in touch, or just how much time we spend on technology instead of face-to-face conversations. It is easy to see how difficult it becomes to live a thriving life because of the many distractions we face on a daily basis.
By controlling your technology you are removing the distractions which are keeping you from living the life on your standards. The distractions which keep you from connecting with others, pursuing your goals, or simply taking a break to rest. When you are running in constant consumption mode, you are continually distracted from fully concentrating on anything better. Take the time to realize just how distracted you are in your life, then take the necessary steps to remove the distractions keeping you from living a thriving life.
Focus on Your Good Work
The single-greatest reason to control your technology is so you can focus in on your own good work. You have a good work inside of you. A Thrival Adventure! A work to create, serve, help, or produce content to help those around you. But most people in today’s tech-culture are simply too distracted with all the shiny objects to think about their good work. Let alone take the time to put the necessary energy into producing any type of good work.
Really take the time to reflect upon this attribute to controlling your technology. What is burning deep inside of you which you have been waiting to bring to the world? What has been your greatest obstacle to bringing this work to the world? Think about your own good work, then systematically remove those distractions which are keeping you from accomplishing your good work. There is nothing on the web which could possibly be a better use of your time, than spending it on your good work.
The goal is to stop letting culture, society, or manufactures tell you how you should live your life. Your time is extremely valuable and should be spent in your pursuits and not others. With the start of a new year, block out the time to figure out what is a priority and what is a distraction in your own life. This little step could lead to the greatest leap in making this the best year yet in your pursuit of the Thrival Life!
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