It’s about time I revisit some posts I did several months ago and give you an update on how long those ‘good resolutions’ lasted for me.
I took several steps immediately after spending 3 days emptying my inbox back in March 2017. I’m happy to say that I’m doing okay overall. Here are the main steps I took:
1. Never close an email without answering it. Delete it immediately.
Yikes… I became a bit obsessed with this step and I accidentally deleted some important emails from my phone. Gmail on the phone can really mess things up as the full email history is ‘hidden’ behind the latest email and deleting one will delete all of them. I learned that the hard way… Ugh!
2. Archive important messages in folders immediately instead of keeping them in the inbox to do it later.
I have so many folders now, I may need folders for my folders…
You can read the Inbox Zero post here
Woah! That was a tough one to grasp. I’m full speed, all the time. I tried meditation but even then I find myself multitasking. My brain is always on overdrive, I’m wired that way. I gave up on the meditation practice. I am who I am and I like it that way.
Anther way to practice mindfulness is to laugh. That I can do! I’ll stick with laughing instead of meditating. Gotta choose your battles, right? My original post about Mindfulness here
Okay, that post made a few of you laugh but mostly you identified yourself with it. It was a tough one and it continues to be a challenge to ‘let go’. I’ve made some big improvements though. I removed FB from my phone (I only have my FB page app to post but I cannot look at FB from my phone anymore) surprisingly, that was super easy and I never missed it. I prefer Instagram anyway, ha!
With the exception of phone calls, SMS and WhatApp I have no notification on my phone. I used to have FB Messaging and email notifications but I removed them. Best decision ever!
The real test will probably be next week when I spend a few days in Havana without much Internet access. Yes, I’m a bit worried about it but I’m also looking forward to it. It’s ‘me time’ with my camera. No teaching, to schedule, no agenda. Just photography fun and a break from the internet as a bonus! Read the Phone-less post here
And… How are YOU doing?