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Taking time off the grid needs a strategy | Frederick’s OFFTIME Story

Frederick L. Rosa Pérez (22) studies Digital Graphic Design in Puerto Rico. Asked how OFFTIME in particular relates to him, Frederick notes: “OFFTIME helped me to realise the role of technology in my life by also pointing out an opposite and more beneficial way. Using OFFTIME as a reference I could evaluate more objectively and quantitatively the digital performances in my personal and professional environment and eventually made the necessary adjustments.” Furthermore Fredrick notes: “Some people say technology is bad and imprisoned us in our cellphones, but with OFFTIME I learned that by NOTICING and adjusting our behaviours, the use of technology is possible  in a moderate and responsable way that still allows to get a fully picture of what’s going on in the real world.That’s all, I think. If something needs to be fixed just let me know.”

Here’s Frederick’s OFFTIME Story:

FrederickRosa_ogDuring my past four years of study in Puerto Rico I received my first smartphone and became really obsessed with having it organised and ‘under control’, so that it didn’t control me. I explored different kinds of applications for this purpose and I found OFFTIME, an app I think that offers options and insights which should be a default in every device.

The promotional video was what got me to think that it was just what I needed. Besides that high quality video it was interesting to me because I’ve also felt guilty of wandering off with social media apps while being together with my family or at other times when I’m supposed to work. During moments when it was necessary to be present and feel enjoyment, I was presenting my phone, was distracted and did let go of any focus by simply unlocking the phone at the wrong moment.

When I noticed this, it was the right time to become proactive and find a strategy, somethign that could help me disconnect. Things like turning-off the phone or going to my grandparent’s house for a couple of days without a laptop helped, but I found some challenges with the consequences of living in a connected world. At times I desired a break, I was dependant on others’ lifestyle, unconsciously they stimulated me to go ‘ON’ again, because of a call I needed to wait or a file that had to be resent.

After finding OFFTIME and reaching that sweet spot in the profile settings I’ve been more focused when working, studying, sleeping, and being with my family. I’ve also built character treating OFFTIME-moments like a priority when its appropriate. The app makes sure that moments happen without the disturbance of technology. It’s also helped me to practice mindfulness: by noticing an automatic desire to open a particular social media app but ending up banging myself with some sort of wall made out of black pillows and with words that keep on telling me what I’m trying to do and reminding me to be present.

A recent experience was the best accidental OFFTIME I’ve ever had. ‘Sleep’ is a profile I created which lets me use only four apps without internet connection and this can’t be deactivated. When on a medical appointment I accidentally activated this profile (because the app suggests profiles for calendar events). After that I went to see my grandmother who recently got out of the hospital.

When I remembered ‘Sleep’ was on I decided to treat the laptop I’ve had with me in the same way. And from that moment onwards me and my grandma had a great and long time with lots of laughs. Thanks OFFTIME!