With the new school year starting, I decided it was time to try a new routine I’m calling Tech Timeout. I’m sure you’ve read or heard about it on Pinterest, but basically we don’t use any technology for 2 hours. It doesn’t sound like it should be that big of a deal…it’s just a phone. People survived for years without the internet. And at first I actually considered doing it for 3 hours. I mean, 3 hours is not a lot to ask, right?
But it was surprising how difficult it actually was.
And even more difficult to convince my boys that this was a good idea.
They complained on the first night. Even Huz took a little convincing.
Our Tech Timeout starts at 6pm and ends at 8pm. We all put our phones and iPods into a basket in the kitchen. We don’t watch tv or use the computers. We are allowed to use the computer to play music, but that’s it. (I also had to use it to look up a recipe, but I figured either I cheat for 10 minutes or ruin our dinner.)
The first night, we had a nice, quiet dinner and literally talked about all the things we’d seen on Facebook that day. It was pretty comical.
I didn’t really miss social media, but I did find myself reaching for my phone to check something or write something down. Pretty soon I had to make a list on a piece of paper of things I needed to do after Tech Timeout was over.
Buy more batteries.
Sign Jackson up for basketball.
Call Costco Optical Department.
Reschedule our next marriage counseling appointment.
Wow. I use my phone a lot. It’s like my brain. And not being able to look something up quickly or confirm an appointment was the most frustrating part for me.
But then after dinner, we played Apples to Apples and had a lot of fun. The boys started to come around. And before you know it, it was 8pm.
By the end of the week, it’s just become part of our normal evening routine. Jackson and Aidon even set alarms on their iPods for 6pm and then go around and collect everyone’s phones in the basket. That just in itself is pretty amazing.
My plan is to keep this up all year…but you know me. 🙂