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Tech Thursday: The Importance of Unplugging
Let’s face it, technology is here to stay and if you want to make it in this hustle bustle world, you need it. Nine times out of 10, embracing technology isn’t a problem for you. It’s knowing when to break free from it that you have a problem with.
We spend so much of our days in front of a laptop screen, monitor, smartphone or tablet from when we first wake up right up until we go to bed. We read e-books, check e-mail, post status updates, use apps for both business and pleasure, play games, watch movies and everything else under the sun. All that is well and good but the one thing technology doesn’t tell us is when we need to unplug from it.
I guess it’s ironic for the first Tech Thursday to be about unplugging but before we talk about how to effectively use it, we have to discuss being able to put it down.
The constant exposure has affected how we sleep at night, the way we interact with people socially, and severed some important connections to the world. We’re more “connected” but simultaneously disconnected. Think about it.
How many times have you walked into a room full of people and more than half the room is looking down at their phone screen?
How many times have you texted your significant other or child from another room in the house?
When was the last time something happened in your life and you didn’t feel the need to post a tweet or Instagram it?
When’s the last time you spoke to someone at length ON THE PHONE and it wasn’t a business call?
See what I mean? Technology has taken over our lives and we’ve happily let it but it’s made us somewhat miserable in the process. I was watching an episode of Dr. Oz one day and he had Dr. Sanjay Gupta on and Dr. Gupta was talking about how technology has affected our ability to create new memories because of the constant overstimulation. The constant exposure from so many different sources is reducing our ability to concentrate and also making our brains age much more quickly. Too much information is killing us, what a paradox!
I once gave up my smartphone for 30 days. I reduced myself to a brick phone, which could only place calls and text. That first week was tough, but in the end, it was definitely a much needed break. This was not a clean break from technology because I still used my desktop and laptop for work and various Internet activities. But it did wonders during my non working hours. Instead of playing on my phone, I read books, took pictures, sat and ate with friends, and so many other activities. I restored some genuine connections, it was awesome! You know the phrase, “stop and smell the roses”? What that really means is to take time to appreciate the little things around you. Be present in the moment. This links directly with Pillar #2, Positive Well-Being!
Now, I’m not saying you should give up your phone for 30 days but I’d like to suggest a few ways to regulate your usage.
Take tiny breaks during the day. Taking small breaks from tech during the course of the day not only rest your eyes but your sanity. Here’s an example: For every hour you’;re sitting in front of the computer, take 15 minute break. What you do during that break is up to you, just leave your technology out of it. Don’t take that time to surf the web or check your e-mail. Get up, stretch, take a walk, talk to a coworker, read a chapter of a book. BREATHE!
Create set hours for technology usage and stick to them. For instance, no phone during lunch. Putting all tech down after 9PM. Not checking my phone until after I’ve had my morning workout or meditation. These are small ways to incorporate unplugging time. They may seem small but when you try them, they may cause a little discomfort. GOOD! That means you needed it. It’s supposed to “hurt” a little to work. Your world will go on if you’re not looking at your phone, trust me. In the future, we’ll talk about some apps that can regulate these things for you and force you into submission, so to speak. Sometimes we need that push.
Plan a day at least once a month where you won’t use any technology. Take the time to figure out a day where you can put all your tech aside. No phone, no computer. If you can do it more than once a month, great but the key is to plan for it so that way you won’t have to sneak back to check something. Let people know on this day, you won’t be available or if absolutely necessary, call on the phone. No other way. If it’s an absolute emergency, it’s a need for a phone conversation anyway.
Take a vacation, leave your laptop at home, and turn your phone off. The length of the vacation is up to you. The point here is you’re on vacation! So do vacation stuff. If your phone is your camera, put it on Airplane Mode, only taking it off ONLY if you need to make a phone call. The main idea is to just enjoy your vacation. Don’t worry about keeping people updated as to what you’re doing and how much fun you’re having because quite frankly, you’re asking for your home to be robbed because people know you’re not there and most people don’t care nearly as much as you think about the fun you’re having. Just enjoy your trip, that’s your time.
Deciding when to put it down is just as important as knowing what technology you should use. There should be certain moments of your life where technology is just not allowed and it should be stuck to. Imagine the feeling when you see paparazzi at a celebrity funeral. “THAT is how your time without tech should be. No phone while I’m spending time with the kids or having quality time with the wife and I MEAN IT.” Technology is beautiful but so is the occasional break.
Has tech taken over your life? How do you know you need a break? Do you take breaks? Let us know in the comments…
Today on marctagonsynergy.com, we discuss your ‘WHY’. What is your motivation? Why do you want to follow your passion? Why do you want to develop a Healthier lifestyle? Why do you get up in the morning? Do you even have a ‘why’? We discuss why you need one and how to create one… #lifesynergy #instaphoto #instagood #love #loveyourlife #change #health #motivation (at Marctagon IT)
Everyone starts from the beginning and everyone makes mistakes. It’s not the triumph that teaches the lesson, it’s the failures. #lifesynergy #instaphoto #instagood #love #loveyourlife - Repost from @lizdennerysanders “❤️ #truth #wisewords #failforward #success” (at Marctagon IT)
Well-Being Wednesday: What’s Your ‘Why?’
It’s only right that our introductory post to Well-Being Wednesday start from the beginning. You may have a laundry list of goals and dreams, or you may not have any at all. Either way, we’ll work on that, but regardless of how you spend your days, I have one question to ask of you.
Why do you get up in the morning every day and going to work? Why do you pursue your passion? Why are you working out every day and working to eating better? Why do you work 16 hours a day? Why do you want Life Synergy?
Sometimes we get so caught up in the actions that we either lose track of or never stop to think, “Why am I doing this?” That’s a question whose answer should always linger in the back of your mind, at the very least. The answer to that question is what keeps you motivated when you don’t want to. It also gives you perspective when you wonder what you’re really doing this for. It’s the key to everything.
Your ‘why’, once established, should be something that doesn’t even require thought to express. Sure, it may take a little time to come up with it initially especially if it’s been a while since you’re really thought about it but once you know what your ‘why’ is, you’ll find it easier to get and stay motivated. If it still doesn’t help then your ‘why’ isn’t strong enough.
Your ‘why’ has to make success non-negotiable. Even if you stumble 1000 times, your ‘why’ makes you get up 1001 times. When one fights cancer or any other type of disease, their ‘why’ is survival. That’s what drives you and THAT is how important your ‘why’ should be to you. Even if it’s not a life or death situation, treat it as such. Make it matter that much to you.
So perhaps your goal is to run a marathon, get that promotion at work, start a new company, write a book, etc. The ‘what’ doesn’t really matter because the ‘why’ always applies.
Several questions to ask yourself when thinking of a ‘why’: What makes it so important? Who is affected by this? Who am I doing it for? Would accomplishing this change my life for the better?
Think about those answers and incorporate them into your ‘why’ and then write it down. Put it someplace where you can access it easily and read it a few times a week or every day if you want. Just keep it in your mind. Ask yourself if this ‘why’ would be enough to get me out of bed every morning? This is not to say that once you know it, you’ll always be on point. Some days, nothing will win and your goals will lose, that’s inevitable. But most days, with the right ‘why’, you’ll pull yourself together and go ‘crush those goals’ as my buddy, Martinus aka 300 Pounds and Running, would say.
After taking some time to think about it a few weeks ago, after having serious motivation problems, I took the time to think of a why for myself and came up with this:
The overarching why: “I will never be able to help others be their best selves or provide a life for myself or my future family if I don’t.”
Now let me set this straight. This isn’t my only ‘why’. My ‘whys’ for wanting to get fit and my reason for pushing forward Synergy aren’t the same but this overarching why, governs all of my individual ‘whys’. All my smaller ‘whys’ come back to this and this is my main motivator. Does it always work? Some days, not at all. But it does give me a reason. When I’m wondering why I’m doing all I’m doing, this brings me back. It psyches me up to go on. It fires me up and, in the end, that’s what your ‘why’ is supposed to do.
So..do you have a ‘why’? Does it keep you motivated? Need help coming up with your own? Has your ‘why” changed over the past year or over the past few years? Let me know in the comments…
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Top Form Tuesday: 5 Steps to Eating Healthy TODAY!
It’s only right that our first Top Form Tuesday, which discuses Pillar #1: Healthy Habits, starts right at the beginning.
So many of us approach healthy eating as something we’re only going to do temporarily, especially if we’re just trying to lose a few pounds, but Life Synergy is about a healthy permanent lifestyle change. We’d love for you to reach your weight loss goal but we’re more interested in your long-term health as you should be. We’re not going to discuss deprivation because most eating lifestyle changes make deprivation a big part of their stipulations which is why so many of them are hard to stick to in the long-term.
No, my friends, this is no get-rich-quick scheme for your body. This is for life. Imagine placing a few hundred dollars every week into an interest bearing account and compared that to saving every penny you have but under a mattress. Sure, saving all you have under your mattress will net you bigger short-term return but eventually you’re going to need to dip into that money because you have expenses and you won’t be earning any interest. The lesser but more frequent savings in the interest bearing account over time bears more fruit, no pun intended, and that’s what Life Synergy is about. We’re under the belief that you’re not leaving this Earth any time soon and we want to keep you hear as long as possible. We want to get you off on the right fit to beginning a lifestyle that you can maintain so here’s 5 ways you can begin a healthy eating lifestyle today.
1. Drink more water. This one is pretty straight forward. Drinking water is one of the single most important things you can do to support a healthy lifestyle. Water keeps cravings at bay, keeps you feeling fuller longer and supports your body’s natural internal processes. Many times our bodies tell us we’re hungry when we’re really thirsty. Next time you feel hunger pangs, but it hasn’t been long since you’ve eaten last, try drinking water and wait 20 minutes. If they go away, you were more than likely thirsty. The standard rule of thumb is 8 glasses a day but I’ve also heard that you should drink half your body weight in ounces (140 pounds -> drink 70 ounces of water). How much you should drink also depends on your activity level. One of the best indicators that you’re drinking water is that your urine is clear. Adequate hydration means your urine should never be darker than a faint yellow. Other liquids like tea, juices, and coffee also count toward your water intake but because of the caloric intake (unless you drink plain tea and coffee), at least 80% of your liquid intake should come from water.
2. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables. Aim for 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables per days. This may seem like a lot at first but 2 apples and a salad, is about 5 servings right there depending on the size of your salad. Throw in some broccoli at dinner and there are your 7 servings. Fruits and vegetables are an invaluable source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber and are very low in calories. There is no limit to how many fruits and veggies you can have in a day but try not to eat too many high sugar fruits/veggies like bananas or corn. Still, better you have too many bananas than too many chocolate chip cookies.
3. Swap browns for whites. What do I mean by this? Swap refined grains and starches for whole grain. Examples: Eat whole grain bread instead of white bread, whole wheat bagel instead of a plain bagel, whole grain pasta instead of white pasta. The reason this is important is because refined starches spike your blood sugar and are often empty of nutrients especially compared to their whole grain counterparts. Don’t believe me? Pick up a package of white bread and a package of whole grain bread and compare the fiber and sugar counts as well as the vitamin amounts. Whole grains are also full of hunger satisfying fiber whole is also great at keeping you regular. Also because they are high in complex, or slow burning carbs, they keep your blood sugar level and supply a gradual stream of energy instead of a burst. Some great starch substitutes to try: Brown rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes, couscous, whole grain pasta, and barley.
4. Add in some good fats. Not all fat is bad for you. There are some fats that are beneficial. Omega 3′-6′s’-9′s, and polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats are all great examples of what we call “good fats”. These are also great at keeping hunger at bay. Despite what you’ve heard in the past, you need fat in your system to burn fat but make sure it’s the “good fats”. Examples: Fish, nuts, seeds, avocados, coconut, and natural vegetable oils like olive, sesame, canola and sunflower.
5. Refrain from eating within 2 hours of bedtime. This one is more focused on timing than actual food consumption. Your body is always working but the reason why it’s important to refrain from eating too close to bedtime is that your body processes slow down as you sleep. If you just ate, your body has to expend extra energy to digest what you just eat which could result in lack of quality sleep, it could also lead to fat storage. Granted some night, it’s okay, just don’t make a habit of it..
You see, we’re not discussing deprivation but one thing you will find is that ,as you seek to follow these steps, the bad stuff will gradually get pushed out and you’ll crave them less. This gradual transition ensures a more lasting change.
Do you currently follow these steps? Is there anything else you think should be on this list? Let me know in the comments…
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Good morning lovelies and gents! Happy Tuesday, hope you all slept well…
Good morning lovelies and gents! Thank God it’s Monday, a new page in the chapter…go into it with a positive attitude.
Today’s message at @thejourneynyc debunked the myth that “Everything Happens for a Reason”, it was very eye opening and enlightening!
Good morning lovelies and gents! Wishing you a blessed and happy Sunday, love you and I’m praying for us all…