Are you getting your daily dose of non screen time?
Screens are everywhere, and since this pandemic has kicked us off our high chairs, the use of virtual meetings and chats have only increased and become the norm. Are you feeling the drain yet? Indeed you have at one stage or another. Before we go on, we need to bear in mind that the use of screens is not exactly a big thing; it is HOW we use them is the issue.
Here are a few tips I’m trying to implement in my life at the moment
Limit screen use 60 mins before bedtime
Select one day in which you try to stay away from all big screens such as tv and laptops (Weekends might be suited for this)
Keep your phone in another room at night time and limit its use within 30 minutes of getting up every morning.
Turn off all app notifications that are not necessary (which is the majority of them!). Doing so will limit the number of times you hear the ‘bing’, reducing the urge to look at your phone.
I hope this helps to reduce your virtual overload!
Book 1: Weight Room Wisdom: Lessons In Leadership From 99 Strength Coaches
Fantastic book from the legendary strength coach Dan John. This book is made up of stories from 99 of the best S&C coaches in the world. Written to inspire and motivate both coach and athlete. It is broken up into mini metaphorical and personal stories that can be read over your morning coffee.
SSC Top Tip: Read one chapter per day, it is a straightforward read, and you could do it over one sitting, but I feel you will take more away if you take your time and focus on one per day.
Book 2: Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones
In recent times I have read many books on habits and habit change but is by far the best out there. James breaks it down to small, manageable chunks for you to digest, which links to how he shows us how to attack this area of our lives. James explains it is not about making significant changes, but tiny ones and then building on that.
SSC Top Tip: This book is very practical, so implement the ideas as you read the book. Don’t just read the book through and put it all into practice at the end. Implement it as you read along.
Book 3: Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life
This Is the debut book from the minimalists, two best friends who walked away from six-figure salaries and started to focus on what is essential in life. After life-changing events, Josh and Ryan discovered minimalism, which allowed them to remove all excess things in their lives.
SSC Top Tip: Check out their Documentary on Netflix along with reading the book, as it helps the reader a greater picture.
We can all relate to this story. Finally bought that bestselling book, it is neatly sat next to the bed. The first night works an absolute dream, and you read 10 pages. The second night, not so much, and you get in 5 pages. On the third night, you could only handle one page as George from work dumped that silly end of month report on your desk. Now what? Yes, its probably gathering dust along with the rest of them that ‘you will get to sometime.’
“insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.”Albert Einstein
As stated by Einstein himself, if you keep doing the same things, you will not get a different result. Therefore, if you wish to start reading again, you need to change your habits around reading. By changing these habits, you will gradually build up more and more reading hours.
Which brings us nicely on to my recommended reading tips:
Wake up 20 minutes earlier and read with your favorite hot drink. By doing this, you create a habit of reading early in the day, which will prevent you from being rushed as the day progresses.
Small steps – Slow and steady wins the race. Don’t expect to sit down and read the whole book in one sitting. Start with reading 5 to 10 pages per day. This will help you build momentum and that habit, which is required for long term reading.
A pretty obvious one, but make sure you enjoy the book! Don’t just read it because everyone else has. If you don’t enjoy the book, this will link to you not enjoying reading, which will turn you off the idea. It is ok to put down the book and change it for another. Personally, I read about 25% of the book (easy to measure with a kindle!) before I decide to keep on reading or replace it.
Set up a reading area. This does not have to be the fancy reading corners you see on social media. This can be any area in your home, in which you can get comfortable and enjoy the experience.
Be accountable. Try to link up with a friend who may read the same book. This will give you more of an incentive to read it, so you chat and discuss when you next meet up face to face or over zoom!
I hope these tips help you in your quest to get reading more and feel free to let me know in the comments below which book you choose to read.