About a month ago, I read blog after blog full of goals and resolutions for the new year. I typically participate in this ritual each year on January 1, but this year I decided not to set any lofty goals or plans and, instead, decided to just face what the year had in store for me.
Here we are now, on February 3, and I'm making a small amendment to my year of no goals...instead I have just one small goal I have decided to put in effect (as of February 1):
No more cell phones or tablets in bed at night.
There used to be a time when I went to bed at night, I would get in bed and read a magazine or book. Sometimes I'd sip hot tea while I flipped through the pages of my Real Simple, and sometimes I'd just hop in bed and pass out before I could even get my book open.
In 2009 I got a smartphone, and I quickly lost my passion for reading. Instead of devouring a new novel before I fall asleep, I found myself reading blogs, scrolling through instagram or facebook, watching an episode of a show on Netflix, or (most embarrassingly) playing a (waste of time) game like Candy Crush or Words with Friends. Sure, these things aren't bad. But when they replace something you love and they're the last thing you see before falling asleep every single night, it might mean it's time to take a step back.
Looking at a bright phone (or tablet) nightly before bed does nothing to help my mind calm down and feel rested. There's also nothing I'm gaining from reading through the daily lives of minor acquaintances who I haven't seen in years on facebook at 11pm. I don't need to know what that one guy from high school thinks about Obama, and I sure don't need to read another buzzfeed article. Again, there's nothing wrong with these things, but it finally hit me that this is not what I should be filling my head with each night as I put my head on the pillow.
As I read through Elise Cripe's blog the other day (which is a favorite read, btw), I read this post from her on following through with her One Little Word for the year, whole. She mentioned that she was no longer bringing her phone or iPad to bed with her, and I think that reading her post was the kick in the butt that I needed to really do this.
So now, instead of my cell phone and it's charger on my nightstand, I have my stack of library books and my Nook (not backlit!).
I'm ready to take on this challenge and break my bad habits.
Anyone else out there want to join in?