James Bond bans iPad in the bedroom
Last week we looked at cutting the clutter from your life. How did that go for you?
Mental clutter can slow us down, sap energy, and impact on our ability to make decisions. It's the same as physical clutter. As an example, - the picture I used to illustrate the online version of last week's blog was of a ridiculously untidy office (see here). But every time I looked at that image - yep, just looked at it - my mind felt cluttered. So I changed it midway through the week to a pic of a tidy desk. Funny how even looking at a picture of clutter has a certain effect. Okay so I'm an obsessive clutter-clearer, but you get my point.
So we've looked at physical and mental clutter, but what about digital clutter? I think we are only just beginning to understand the downsides of the constant technology that we now surround ourselves with; of being unable to go ten minutes without checking our iPhones, of being unable to switch off at weekends because of the ever-constant stream of email, of occupying rather than freeing our minds, and so on.
James Bond star Daniel Craig told us last week that he and wife Rachel Weisz have banned iPads and indeed all technology from the bedroom. (I guess that rules out 007 wearing an exploding wristwatch in bed.) He said fighting against technological devices taking over one’s life “is a good fight to have, as far as I’m concerned.”
So inspired by Bond, if you're constantly framing your life in 140 characters, get a life and switch off.
- Consider two hours switched off daily. You may remember I started this myself back in January. I'm still doing it - and it's still working. What constantly surprises me is how the two hours switch off is normally the best two hours of the day.
It can be any two hours in the day. But if you get sidetracked, and start checking texts/mail/words with friends - you start your two hours again. Do this today and let me know how you get on over in the comments section.
The upsides of technology? For the most part, they're obvious. The downsides? Technology occasionally takes us away from the things we love most. Which may be good food, conversation, hanging with friends, nice walks, sunsets, or even heading to the bedroom 007 style, but probably not checking your email on your iPad.
ps: this week in the Sanctuary: Sleep Longer and Deeper
For the next two weeks, I'm focusing on the loveliness, and the problem, of sleep. So much so that I got a bit carried away with this week's program and it's a full half an hour long. But that is an excellent thing, as there is loads to cram in. I had a significant response to my blog on slumber a couple of weeks ago, so especially for Sanctuary members, we're working on this in depth for the next two weeks. Remember, to be at your best, you simply have to be well rested. See you over in The Success Sanctuary.