“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.” Steve Jobs

This week’s mental workout is about how to use technology as a means of becoming more mindful and less distracted.

What To Do

Too often we allow technology to take us out of the present moment. But you can rewire your relationship with technology to live more mindfully in a digital age. For instance, every time you go to the ATM or access your account online or through your smartphone, you need to key in a set of characters. So when you set your PINs and passwords, choose combinations that help you stay focused on you intentions. Try LTN247 if you want to remember to Love Thy Neighbor 24 hours, 7 days a week, or J0y2d@y, or any other creative combination that works for you. When you sit down at your computer, place a sticky note over the power button with a message that will remind you to prioritize your goals before you log in.

Why To Do It

Sometimes we view technology as a source of stress, but like anything in life, it’s about finding a healthy balance. We rue the time we waste on social media sites, or how easily we fall into a trance of skipping through video links and blog posts. But there’s no denying that the Internet can also open us to a powerful universe of information, advice, and connection – if we use it consciously. This week, when you rest your fingers on your keyboard, remind yourself that you have the opportunity to tap into a world of opportunity and possibility. By setting an intention and checking in with it while you navigate through cyberspace, you can actually use technology to support you in learning, growing, creating and becoming your best self.

 

Rose Caiola
Inspired. Rewired.

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