Spend More Time Alone

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Lately I’ve felt so incredibly connected. At all times. To everything. My twitter feed has felt especially negative recently and I’m tired of sitting with groups of people while we all zone out and stare at our iPhones. I’ve found that in order to be MORE present, I have to limit HOW I’m present.

I’ve been letting my phone die (intentionally) towards the end of the night. I took my Twitter application off my computer. Yesterday I took a nap for the first time in awhile. I’m scheduling more lunch and coffee dates with no other reason but to catch up. But then I’ll be intentional about when I work and aim at times of the day where I’m really inspired (hint hint: it’s always late…when emails stop coming in constantly).

I just found this quote by author Joan Didion and had to share.

“Do not whine…do not complain. Work harder. Spend more time alone.” 

This is my new motto.

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Comments (21)

  • I’ve been spending a lot of time alone this summer, and I sort of love it! It is so nice to disconnect and be in the present. And I agree, being in groups of people while everyone is on their phones drives me insane!

    • One time we had friends over for dinner and we made everyone turn off their phone and put it in a basket!!

  • I’ve been spending a lot of time alone particularly outside. I’ve taken up cycling and I love the feeling of being alone with my thoughts in the good outside air. It helps keep me sane lol. My alone time really helps me feel more present when I’m in the company of others.

    • I’ve heard from a lot of people lately that cycling encourages time alone and the exploration of the environment around you. For that reason I would consider it. Do you have trails near you or do you ride on the street?

  • Taking a nap can do wonders for your day. I’ve been consistently taking an afternoon nap probably since my freshman year of college. I feel that it’s a nice way to clear my mind and decompress. I feel like it also splits the day up into separate chunks, so if I’ve had a bad morning, I wake up from the nap with a clean slate.

    • That’s amazing! I guess I never trust myself to wake up after only a short nap but after years of napping you probably have it down. Is there a particular amount of time you aim at?

  • Exactly what I needed to hear. I needed this reminder to slow down and take time for myself. Thanks Allie!

  • I know what you mean… Sometimes I feel like my phone can be a ball-and-chain around my ankle. And, yeah, it bugs me when I’m in a crowd and we’re all clicking away on our phones. Definitely a good idea you shared about letting the phone die intentionally… going to have to use that one myself.

    • I agree. I mean, we totally bring it upon ourselves but it can be overwhelming. And letting my phone die is such an ease off my shoulders haha. Sounds so lame but it’s true!

  • Thanks for this post Allie. It couldn’t have come at a better time. You’ve just completely affirmed my choice of stepping away from social media for a few hours a day/a few days a week.

    • That’s so wonderful!! I’ve really enjoyed it too. Takes pressure off reading my Twitter feed too. I’ve been focusing on certain lists now instead.

  • Love it girl!

  • I love this quote! Thank you for sharing. It makes sense spending time away from social media and the like, actually gives you more time to focus and work hard. Then you can play hard as well.

  • This quote (and Joan Didion in general) is often with me. It’s a pretty solid mantra.

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