One of the biggest tensions for me in slowing down is how to live mindfully with technology. Part of me feels I need to be anti-tech in order to do slow and simple “right”, but completely eschewing modern tech simply doesn’t appeal.
And the reality is that I wouldn’t have a job without modern technology. I wouldn’t have met some of my best friends. I wouldn’t have connected with so many of you, or heard the incredible stories you share, or be able to watch The Walking Dead. There wouldn’t be medical breakthroughs and sustainable energy and the ability to travel the globe. Modern tech has its issues, no doubt, but giving it up seems… extreme. And not realistic. And not fun.
In today’s episode I talk with Janell Burley Hoffman, an author, a technology coach and the creator of the Slow Tech Movement, and she drops some wisdom on me in how to shift from living mindlessly and in constant contact with technology, to living mindfully alongside technology.
We talk about establishing tech boundaries both for ourselves and our family, as well as creating time and space for play, nature, real-world connections and conversations and the mundaneness of life. Janell also has really practical insights into how to establish your family’s iRules and why these are just as (if not more) important for the adults in your home.
This episode is packed with practical advice, inspiration and a good dose of “do what’s right for you”, that will help you figure out the best approach to tech for you and your family.