I am a morning person and I wake up around 5–5.30 AM every day. Within minutes, I switch on wifi and connect to it from my smartphone. Bam! There are tons of notifications and email. I sincerely check each one of them. I reply to those pressing emails and slack channels. Mostly social media walls are my news feeds. Each post is varied and ‘feels’ to be very important. I read it one by one. There are those posts that will take to many other posts through their inlinks. I follow each one of them. After sometime, fatigue sets in and thought processing slows down.
As soon as I wake up, I stopped peeking into my smartphone and never switch on wi-fi. Instead, I take a stroll outside my building and start jogging. Then I meditate for a while. Still no smartphone in my hand. Then I read some newspapers and a book. Now I take my smartphone for my allotted 10 minutes time. Then I get back to life, do some errands and proceed to office. After reaching office, I start replying to those pressing emails and slack channels.
Throughout this experiment, I had a nagging feeling to get hold of my smartphone and connect to internet. Some times I resisted and at times I gave in. Initially, it was frustrating to let go. But gradually, it felt ok and thus became the new normal.