More quietness, more creativity

by Christina on September 23, 2016

“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” – Albert Einstein

Love that Einstein quote. I think the constant information feed on my phone/computer is interfering with the creativity I might have inside of me.

Just read this excellent piece by Andrew Sullivan about our addiction to our phones and the internet. My husband sent it to me after he read it saying he’s an “information addict.” I am one too. Most of us probably are.

Too often, I am with loved ones but we are in “alone togetherness.” And lot of times I reach to my phone because I feel lonely.

“In order to be open to creativity, one must have the capacity for constructive use of solitude. One must overcome the fear of being alone.” ~Rollo May

Solitude is important! I think that moms especially don’t get enough alone-time and quiet space. When I do get rare moments of solitude, my habit is to go straight to my phone or computer.

I’m trying to bring more quietness and creativity to my days… here’s how:

  • Put my phone in another room for (at least) an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening.
  • Create some purposeful quiet-time: i.e. when nursing baby (don’t scroll through phone), when walking or running (don’t listen to music or podcast).
  • During family dinner time, put all phones (including any of my son’s “play” phone or remotes) in The Basket (we repurposed my son’s easter basket for this purpose and hung it on the wall).basket
  • Do not keep phones in bedroom overnight: charge it in separate room so I do not look at it when falling asleep or when I wake up in the night.
  • Take long showers (if/when I have childcare help).
  • When doing a home yoga practice do it in true quiet without my phone, tv, music, or computer on.
  • I am considering deleting Facebook from my phone but feel torn… sometimes it’s wasted time but sometimes I like the connection it provides to others and the articles I see shared there. Not doing it yet.

Any other ideas?

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris September 24, 2016 at 7:40 pm

I love this idea: “During family dinner time, put all phones (including any of my son’s “play” phone or remotes) in The Basket.”

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Chris September 24, 2016 at 7:42 pm

Here’s another idea: Turn off your smart phone an hour before bedtime, so you can start winding down and sleep better.

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Christina September 24, 2016 at 8:13 pm

Yes! Good idea and hard to do… something to work towards.

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