No Tech Challenge – Day 1
WE DID IT!!!
We survived our first day of the ‘No tech challenge’! I’m not going to pretend it was easy; embarrassing as it is to admit Adam and I are definitely addicted to our mobile phones. You really don’t realise how often you check your phone! In the first hour alone, I went to use my phone 11 times!
I hadn’t really considered all of the things that I use my phone for! My first problem was I forgot Ellana had an after school club (my calendar is on my phone!) so I went to collect her an hour early! Then I nearly burnt the tea because I had no timer to remind me to get things out of the oven! Adam and I both wanted to check our social media accounts which we really didn’t need to do but we have obviously become addicted to doing this so regularly.
Here is a breakdown of how the evening went!
3.30pm – We started the challenge! I had to put my phone in a drawer to stop me reaching for it!
3.45pm Knowing that I had to make tea without putting the kids in front of Peppa Pig (we all do that….right?) I set up a teddy bears’ picnic for Ash and Ellana to play with while I made tea. I felt good about this; I’m being a good mammy right now!
4.00pm I leave the kids with their picnic and slope off to the kitchen to make tea, leaving the kids to play nicely……… for a whole 7 minutes!
4.10pm The teddy bear has eaten Ash’s slice of cake (it is wooden and is still on the plate in front of the accused bear but this seems like a very unimportant detail to my heartbroken son!) I head to the living room to reprimand the bear, console my son and give him ‘another’ slice of cake (it’s the same slice of cake because, I repeat, the bear hadn’t actually eaten it!).
4.15pm Back to cooking tea and I face another problem; how will I time the chicken in the oven without my phone timer? I’m not the greatest of cooks, taking away a vital part to my tea making strategy may well result in burnt chicken and mushy vegetables! I resort to looking at the clock and writing the time down; I really like that clock! It’s been a while since I looked at it! Who needs a clock when you have a phone?!
4.30pm Tea is ready! It isn’t burnt and it isn’t mushy. More mammy points for me! Thank you clock; what a genius invention you are!
5.00pm I want to sit and enjoy my cuppa and biccy while looking at totally unnecessary, yet highly amusing, videos on Instagram. I WANT MY PHONE! Adam gets to check his emails now (in case there is anything work related he needs to action). I’m jealous! I know the only email I’m likely to have is from ‘Paul’ who needs my bank details to release $100,000,000 from his frozen account!
5.15pm The kids decide Duplo is next on the agenda and I grimace as I hear the whole box of it being emptied onto the playroom floor. An Ipad would NOT make this much mess! I clear the dinner plates and stack the dishwasher. I usually have an audio book on whilst I do this. Instead I can hear the children happily building the Duplo castle. It is beautiful listening to them play and, for the first time since this started, I see the positive side of having no technology.
I just heard a text come in on my phone! I want to read it!!!
6.30pm Wow! We have just spent an hour playing together – Me, Adam and the little ones. We’ve finished the Duplo Castle, played Marble Run and read a book about scary animals! It has been LOVELY! Please don’t think we never play with our kids, we do, A LOT but usually we would have had our phones in our hands for, at least, part of this time.
7.30pm The last hour has flown over – baths, supper and getting ready for bed. I nearly fell asleep putting Ash to bed – I wonder if this is the affect of no light stimulation from the phone?!
Adam has been doing yoga and missed his podcast A LOT! I suspect he hates me and my crazy ideas right about now!
8.15pm Adam, Ellana and I have spent about 40 minutes telling each other stories! It has been fun. Adam and I are both feeling shattered though. Ellana is going to read her bedtime story to Adam, then the challenge will be nearly over!
9pm Ellana’s in bed and it is over!!! We did it!
I think it went really well. I enjoyed the extra family time, I liked not being distracted by my phone but I missed the practicality – I really could have used my calendar and timer!! Usually when I’m playing with the kids I am working/playing on my phone at the same time and this is something I want to stop doing all the time!
I do, however, now feel the need to spend three hours on my phone to ‘catch up’ on what I’ve missed! I have a lot of social media notifications and I have 18 text messages!
We will do the No tech challenge again next week so please sign up to the blog to be notified when I report back on how day 2 goes!!!