Happy New Year to everyone from the folks at GadgetMETER. GadgetMETER is now officially 1 year old and I am proud of what we’ve accomplished in that time.
One of my New Years resolution consists of simplifying my online and offline lifestyle.
- Get rid of junk in my house I haven’t used in years
- Eat less or no meat.
- Reduced the number of RSS subscriptions.
- Deactivated my Facebook account. (I’ll talk more about this later).
- Discovered http://mnmlist.com and http://minimalmac.com. These are two great websites if you feel you are too distracted with todays bombardment of information.
- Run a 10k
- Enrolled at UPenn for Graduate School.
- De clutter my MacBook desktop and menu bar
Now, if you are wondering how this screenshot is appropriate for this post. Well, I just happen to look at my iPhone at exactly 1/1 11:11pm so I quickly captured it. The background is a picture of Monica Belluci on my jail broken iPhone. Pretty cool huh? It must be a sign because I see it as a way to reset our tech lifestyle and look back at what’s really important: family, friend (true friends, not the persons you don’t know on your Facebook), health, and the environment. Today, we have way too many distractions in our life that really clouds our judgetment on what’s really important. Let’s take time to get rid of online and offline baggage and welcome the New Year!
So I propose this New Years Challenge for you.
- Go take a walk.
- Meet with a friend for coffee.
- Enough with Twitter already. It’s really just for celebrities!
- Delete contacts on Facebook you don’t ever engage with. Heck, deactivate your Facebook account like I did!
- Delete LinkedIn. Who really uses this anyway?
- Stop texting while having lunch or dinner with someone. Enjoy the moment.
- Volunteer at a community center or shelter.
- Donate to a charity: time, money, clothes, food. It can be anything.
- Read a long form book.
- Go camping or hiking.
- Call up a friend. No texting!