At first, I thought this challenge would be easy. It’s only after finishing completing it that I realise how reliant upon technology I am on a day-to-day basis.
I received my package in the post with a letter explaining that I couldn’t use technology in my bedroom. I was then given a colouring book, some pencils and a £20 Waterstones voucher to buy a book of my choice – all with the aim of finding ways to relax that didn’t involve looking at a laptop or a phone screen. The colouring book was great. I received the Animal Kingdom by Millie Marotta and have been using it regularly since it arrived. I already own a similar book entitled Secret Garden by Johanna Bamford and absolutely love it. I’d been looking for an ‘adult’ colouring book ever since my sister bought one in France about 8 years ago. I’m loving that it’s now becoming a trend over here in Britain. The pictures are complex enough to keep you interested and allow you to be creative plus you can see the progress you are making, avoiding frustration. I’ve spent many,many hours filling these pages and don’t regret any of it! If you don’t yet own one of these colouring books, I would highly recommend getting one. I don’t know anybody who has one and doesn’t love it!
As for the book voucher, I used it to treat myself to a Game of Thrones. I often prefer books to TV and so, being such a big fan of the program, I thought it was only right that I read the books. I was not disappointed, they’re exactly as good as everybody says they are. They’re gripping. Each character adds something different to the story and is easily loveable and, in some ways, relatable (apart from the murder and head-chopping of course).For the main part of the challenge, I struggled, big time. As a student, editor of a magazine but most importantly, a young adult that has grown up in the tech revolution, I never realised how often I looked on social media or how often I checked my emails. It even felt strange not playing Crossy Road as I laid in bed waiting for my eyes to feel heavy. As strange as it was, there was a slight relief that I could go to bed without having to go through my usual routines of checking my social media accounts, Student Wire’s social media accounts, my emails and then playing a round of all my daily games. No. I could just get straight in bed when I felt tired. That was a nice change that I may keep.
I did cheat ever so slightly. I kept my iPad at the side of my bed so that when I woke without a clue of which day it was, I could simply roll over and check the time. But I didn’t play on it at all. Promise.
Overall, I’ve learnt that I don’t need technology as much as I have been programmed to believe. I didn’t check my social media and the world didn’t burn down around me. Everything was fine and I did enjoy regaining that extra half an hour in bed. Whilst I think I will continue to keep my phone at the side of my bed, and I’m partial to the odd game on Crossy Road, I’m definitely going to relax on the technology front. It’s okay to not know what’s happening in the world all the time and it’s okay to reply to an email 5 minutes late. We are all human and sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and take a breather from the technology that surrounds us.
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