I had a recent opportunity to return to the USA on a business trip. While doing some light shopping online I encountered my 2008 order. For X-mass we agreed with the wife to order our wish list to read.
Two of them on the financial subject have not been read.
This re-enforced my thinking about Zero Based approach to life. Past years have been big for me. My kids were born. We moved to a new city. I had two exciting and well-paid jobs between 2010 and 2016.
I think in new millennia era one separates between “experiencing self” and “remembering self”. Remembering is about kids, new jobs, new city. Experiencing self for was a lot about the internet and my phone.
I start spending a significant amount of time interacting on the internet and my phone than with the family. Initially, the phone was no more than a player which I can use to make phone calls. I start picking my phone, tablets much more often that you pick up a knife and fork, pending far longer reading emails, reports, emerging in data than reading books.
The applications on my phone and tablet are enormously powerful and allow me to do a lot on a move, but I am not happy with the role internet plays in my life. I have no problem with disconnecting from the network during vacation or otherwise. It is not about addiction but substitution. I need to re-think how my time is spent and how to spend it otherwise.