Because of these and many other of life’s unpredictable moments, I know what I need to do in order to be successful in my mindfulness and self-care practice, and I have set up my environment for success — that includes using my smartphone. I love how it allows me to connect with others in my business and personal life, and I am always inspired by quotes and posts online.
Technology is also one of my biggest time sucks, and I have to be really careful to monitor my time online. But when my phone is used for good, such as helping me to be more mindful, I am glad it is more or less an additional appendage.
Here are five ways that I use my phone as a mindfulness tool:
1. I use the reminder feature to flash an affirmation on my screen every hour.
It usually says something like, “ I speak my truth always in all ways” or “Something amazing is going to happen today.” These offer me a moment of pause and contemplation even in the midst of a busy day.
2. My online calendar holds me accountable.
There are days that my schedule can feel overwhelming, but I have programmed mindfulness breaks to help create space between appointments with clients and chauffeuring my kids. Every single day at 3 p.m. an alert goes off on my calendar that says “Gratitude is my attitude.” No matter what I am doing when it goes off, I pause, and, after three deep breaths, think of something I am grateful for.
3. My phone allows me to journal when I can.
I enjoy journaling but don’t always have my journal on me when inspiration strikes and I want to record an important thought. The notes section on my phone is an excellent stand-in when needed.
4. My smartphone allows me to use mindfulness apps with the touch of my finger.
I am truly grateful for them daily, especially Insight Timer which I use to time all my meditations. It is the one app that I don’t think I could survive without.
See, technology isn’t all bad, as long as we become mindful enough to realize when we need to take a break and head offline! I suggest removing the phone from your vicinity when eating, and choosing a few hours every weekend to completely unplug.