Digital clutter – when to let it go

no clutter

Late in December, I subscribed to an online yoga class service, for a reasonable monthly fee. I had used this service in the past and enjoyed a few of the classes immensely. Many of the classes were not to my liking; however, since I could pay for only the classes I liked, I thought it was a great deal. Then, the delivery format changed and my favorite classes were no longer available at the click of a button (nor available for download any longer). I thought I would give the new format a try and see if I could broaden my horizons a little bit at the same time, while I tried out new-to-me styles of yoga and streamed classes created by new teachers.

Alas, I did not like the new format. I could tell almost immediately that it was not going to be a good fit for me. Still, perhaps out of loyalty to the old format and teachers, I decided to continue using the service a while longer to see if I had been too quick to judge. For three months, I logged in to the service every couple of weeks to try another class. About two weeks ago, after suffering through another class that did not suit me, I had finally had enough. I cancelled my subscription.

I’m glad I gave the service a chance. While I could have cancelled my subscription earlier, I feel as if I thoroughly tested the format before I decided to hit that “unsubscribe” button. I’m not sure I would have unsubscribed from a free service, though, which leads me to wonder if I have any other digital clutter floating around in cyberspace. In fact, I am certain I have many accounts at a random assortment of sites and services. I am vowing to unsubscribe from them as I come across them – if they don’t have any value, it is time to let them go!

 

Leave a comment: Do you have any digital clutter? Does it bother you or concern you? How and when do you decide to let it go?

Balancing act

I have just returned from another solid week of travel and am happy to report that this time, I was able to both stick to my routines a bit better AND enjoy myself a lot more! I suppose this is indicative of becoming accustomed to traveling, and I accomplished it in spite of the fact that I completely overbooked my work schedule.

However, I am certain that my ability to maintain balance while on the road is a direct result of the promises I made to myself (https://livetobe100.wordpress.com/the-core/) to eat real food and to get regular exercise. I now find myself consciously choosing to eat certain items because I can easily name the ingredients (conversely, I reject choices often because I just can’t tell what is in the food). As for exercise, it’s not hard to get enough as long as I have correctly defined “exercise.” For example, 2 hours of steady walking in a major city counts just as much as 30 minutes on a stationary bike. And I practice yoga as-needed (one good example is a light sequence of hip-opening poses after I drive for 4 hours) in addition to my standard hour-long sessions.

On this trip, I kept reminding myself to just relax and enjoy the local offerings, which included micro-brews (beer and coffee!), culinary delights, and sightseeing. All in all, the trip was far more enjoyable than my last adventure! Now I just need to remember not to book quite so many meetings next time.

Priorities

I am traveling for work this week, and yesterday was a rather long day of airplane rides and car rental shenanigans. It was not a rough day, just long, culminating in attending a beautiful choir concert and dinner with lovely girlfriends (who were surprised when I ordered Jamaican beer, which turned out to be absolutely delicious – I can’t remember the name of it, alas!).

So I awoke this morning in a strange hotel room and tried to figure out my agenda before heading off to a lunch meeting today. I realized, much to my surprise, that what I really wanted was not breakfast or even a shower first, but a phone call to my husband and kids, a hot cup of coffee, vigorous yoga, and some spiritual music. This was a mighty odd experience for me, as I’m fairly certain that even 6 months ago I would have started my day with a big breakfast and a long read.

How interesting that when I stopped to really ask myself what I needed, my answer was not food. I will meditate on this today and seek understanding as to why this change has occurred in me.

Trying to enjoy the whirlwind

Life has been awfully hectic lately: new job, moving to a new city, learning to travel a lot for said new job. And I’m really just, well, tired. I’m having fun and enjoying every minute. I’m really making a concerted effort to slow down and savor the moments, to get enough rest and care for myself.

But honestly, so much of every day right now for me is simply new, and it’s a lot to take in. I guess it’s overwhelming, actually, and I am getting worn down. In my quest to live to be 100, I realize that I need to pace myself.

I also need to strive for balance, which means I need to pay closer attention to what I’m eating, do more yoga, meditate more, and find more time to relax. And of course, not get so overwhelmed.

I think I have my work cut out for me!

Smell the pizza, blow out the candles

My 4-year old is learning yoga and breathing exercises in preschool, designed to help the children manage strong feelings. And not yoga in the way an adult might think of it; not a word of sanskrit to be found in this vocabulary. Instead, deep breathing is taught as, “smell the pizza, blow out the candles.” I’m not even sure to describe how heartily I approve of this school-funded, curriculum-based effort.

Imagine growing up with non-chemical anxiety-management skills in your toolkit of life. Seriously, imagine learning from the age of 4 that when you get upset, you can take a few deep breaths or do a simple balance exercise to help you calm down.

This concept, which I have heard discussed remotely for a few years, absolutely BLOWS MY MIND. Can you teach yoga to a spirited 4-year-old in a way that will deeply affect his life (and that of his family)? YES, my family is the living proof of this.

Now THIS is something I can support fully as I live to be 100!