I'm a Hypocrite

Today I realized I’m a huge hypocrite, and it’s not helping my youngest child.

Coming home today, I learned about a smart phone challenge they did on one of my favourite podcasts, Note to Self. The two goal of this challenge were, to get people to realize how much they used their phone, and to help them reduce that dependency.

They brought up research that explored the consequences of phone addiction. For example, if you take pictures all the time, of everything in your life, you actually don’t remember it as well. You also never let yourself get bored, which is required for deeper thoughts and coming up with new ideas.

I’ve said this a few times before, but it’s never really stuck for me; it’s hard for me to self regulate when it’s a FOMO thing.

Today I realized that I was trying to get my kids to spend less time on their devices while doing the exact opposite of that in my life!

Such. A. Hypocrite.

Only and idiot does the same thing expecting a difference result, so this time in addition to deleting Tweetbot off my phone, I’ve asked Christine to hold me accountable.

Hoping it sticks this time and that extra time I’ve gained can be productive.

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Trying out Postach.io!

I just discovered Postach.io as a neat blogging system that uses Evernote! I am a huge fan of owning my own data and even went so far as to write my own wordpress plugin to export my posts to dropbox for safe keeping. With Postachio I can write a blog post, in Markdown even, in Evernote, from any of my devices and when I’m ready to publish, just add a tag ‘published’. So awesome!!

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Doing things the hard way

I have been reading up a lot on health and how to maintain a health lifestyle. There is lots of interesting research out there, including and article that showed that it didn’t matter much if people exercised if they sat most of the day (in the office, in the car, etc).

Back in the Good Ol’ Days, people did things “the hard way”. Walked to work, hand mowed their lawn, hung up their laundry, didn’t watch TV. Basically, they did “stuff” to keep active. These days we are all about doing things faster and more efficiently, but have we taken a step back to see what the long term effects of no doing “stuff” anymore are?

For example, I don’t like mowing my lawn. I bought a push mower a year or so ago but last week I thought about getting an electric or gas mower, so that I do the lawn quicker. And I never used to rake the lawn either…I just let the grass and leaves sit there.

Today I realized that I am going to start doing things the hard way, if I can. I am keeping my mower. I am going to rake the lawn. All these little things make me just a little more active, which will help my health. Not to mention the lesson for the girls.

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Who says an old dog can’t learn new tricks

Erin, yes I am referring to him as “the old dog”, is learning a new trick. He is changing his ways. He is choosing to eat a piece of fruit instead of ice cream. He is choosing to do something productive, like small home projects, instead of watching TV. He is choosing to go to bed early instead of staying up late surfing the web. He has accepted that he is a food snob and can no longer eat food that is salty, processed crap.

I’m proud of you, Old Dog! You are an inspiration.

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