This last year I took a year off of social media. I noticed an enormous difference in myself after detoxing from Facebook and Instagram. The biggest change was my focus. I became more focused and persistent in my quiet times, more focused while playing with the children and ultimately really had the proper time to reflect on life and what is important to me. It was a very refreshing time, to say the least. However after a year, I decided to come back on and start a new Instagram account and my first blog, dutchmommy.com
This time around, however, I knew I wanted it to be different. I knew I didn’t want my online use to rule my personal or spiritual life.
These are some tips that have helped me on how to stay sane and focused while using online media.
- DON’T start of the day by checking online media. Start with your morning routine and then check your phone.
- Follow people online that inspire you
- Don’t post to please other people but post from authenticity and be yourself. There are always people who won’t like what you post.
- Set specific times to be online or times not to be online. I keep Sundays off and try not being on the Internet at all during the day while being with the kids.
- Keep your desktop singularly focused. Only one window at a time when on the computer
- Use a camera to make photos instead of your phone.
- Try to use the phone at the same time as your spouse. This way you have more time spent together when away from the device.
- Don’t use phones or The Internet during any mealtimes. Have all the members of the family put their phones in the basket.
- Use online media to have meaningful conversations and grow your relationships.
- Use online media, to inspire and help others.
Some of these might be a little extreme, but for someone like me who is easily distracted they seem to work. I have to be intentional about using online media for it not to distract me from my relationship with God, my husband, kids, and others.