Have you ever heard of taking an Amish Hour? Some people do this daily, others try it weekly. No matter what you choose, I’d like to lead you to give taking an Amish Hour a try in an effort to cut back on technology use and have a calmer life.
What’s an Amish Hour? Well, the Amish don’t have electric power in their homes including TV’s, radios, mobile phones, and anything else that comes to mind related to modern technology. They focus on community, family, and local activities.
In no way am I suggesting you chuck your refrigerator to the curb. But I have lately found joy in intentionally taking technology free time most days and want to share some ideas to help you give the Amish Hour a try.
Note: If I may, I’d suggest not trying an Amish Hour during your most productive time of day. I need to use my laptop and smart phone to write blog posts, and I’m a morning person, so my Amish Hour doesn’t generally happen in the morning. In my opinion, the Amish Hour is best if it happens during the evening hours, especially close to bedtime.Try any of these 10 activities to reap the benefits of an Amish Hour in your life today!Click To Tweet
10 ACTIVITIES TO TRY DURING AN AMISH HOUR
- Read a book (not on an electronic device).
- Play a game or work on a puzzle with your roommates or family.
- If you’re married, sit down with your spouse for an hour and go through a list of conversation starters and coaching questions to take time to dream.
- Declutter. Remember: The Amish are a hard-working community of people focused on simple living. Just because you’re off technology doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.
- Write out a menu for the upcoming week and slice veggies for advanced meal prep.
- Write a hand-written note to a friend to encourage them.
- Go for a walk no matter the time of year. Bundling up and getting out in the cold can energize you.
- Make a cup of tea or coffee and sit down with a friend to talk about your day.
- Clean your house. (Learn how to get it all done in an hour by taking my free email course “Lightning Fast House Cleaning!”)
- Brainstorm ideas for a personal vision list or one for your kids.
Wishing you many joy-filled, technology free hours!