You know how I love a challenge.
“The aim is to cut way back on the incidental online time (the mindless Facebook/Twitter checking, the constant email refreshes, etc) as well as the Vampire habits that are sucking time from our days – think smartphone in the pocket, laptop constantly open, Firefox tabs blinking with social media icons.
Essentially, we will be connecting mindfully and intentionally, as opposed to absently and passively.”
I have to say that I am LOVING Brooke’s blog now that I’ve discovered it, but that ironically it’s come along at a time when I’m trying to spend less time online, not more. This does not mean that I can’t read it, it just means that I have to fit it into my daily online budget.
Why do I need an online budget? This is something that I’ve been very conscious of for a long time. After reading The Winter of Our Disconnect by Susan Maushart back in January I set some digital hygiene standards. When Charlotte was born it was easy to continue to maintain these standards because I was completely disinterested in anything that wasn’t her. Then I started using the TotalBaby app to monitor her feeds/sleeps/nappies and I fell off the wagon big time! Overnight I went from having no phones in the bedroom, no phones whilst feeding, no phones unless necessary to having my iPhone on me day and night! I’ve tried a few times to pare back my tech use but each time I swear I end up mindlessly using my phone or the laptop more often than before.
I embrace the fact that we live in a highly technological society and I love that this digital age has enabled a whole gamut of new ways to communicate and connect. However with that comes a whole lot of mindless checking – for updates, for mentions, for notifications, for emails, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I remember a tweet I read once that said something like “Facebook is like a fridge. You keep opening it even though you know there’s nothing there.” I can so relate!
It’s time to get mindful.
Here are my goals for week one:
- I will not take my phone into the bedroom or *gasp* the toilet
- I will disable notifications on twitter
- I will limit my online time to a couple of hours in the morning whilst Charlotte sleeps (AFTER the dishes are done, the washing is on and the floor is swept) and an hour during her afternoon sleep.
- I will write blog ideas in my notebook so that I can use my online time wisely rather than thinking about what to write and how to write it.