We yearn for alternative ways to enhance our lives. Opportunities or tangible items that will provide extra incentives. We explore the Internet looking to self-educate, unlocking secrets that can expose happiness and life fulfillment. Sometimes we are fortunate, sometimes not.
Who/what gets your best energy? Where is most of your energy spent? Work? Family? Friends? How about technology? Think of the time consumption you spend daily on your phone, tablet, or computer. Are you consistently checking Facebook in anticipation that you may have missed a post or to see who liked your recent post? Is this your best energy?
As we culture into a technological world, our devices sometimes consume our best energy. Family, friends become secondary. Remember those days you would spend hours chatting on the phone to loved ones and friends? Now it’s a quick text correspondence in-between activities. And should we accidentally leave our phones at home, we feel a bit lost as our connection to the greater world is on temporary hiatus.
Last week, I read a case study and I came across a sentence that asked me “Who/what was getting my best energy?” I reread the sentence. Then reread it again. And again. It finally occurred to me while technology has become an important part of our lives, it was also taking away my best energy at times.
Although my daughter typically gets my best energy, occasionally technology interferes. As I think more about the case study, I find myself moving further away from technology to enable that my daughter continues to gets my best energy. From the moment I pick her up from after care to her bedtime, technology for the most part is put away. No more work emails. No more personal emails, texts, or calls. I want my daughter to know that she is most important and there is nothing greater than our time spent together. If she is going to get my best energy, I need to ensure I devote myself entirely. And you know what, I think she enjoys our uninterrupted time together too.
Decide who/what gets your best energy and “keep those feet moving.”