If you’ve been reading for any amount of time at all, you probably realize that I’ve mentioned the issues I have with unplugging from it all. Our world is so totally plugging in all the time. By plugged in, of course I mean being connected to technology. It’s easy to not realize how plugged in we are because our technology is habit for us. It’s habit to check the time on your phone, but then also check Instagram, Twitter, and twenty minutes later, what were you supposed to be doing? Yeah.
As a blogger where I do almost all of my writing from the comfort of my own home, it’s really easy for me to get sidetracked by being so easily “connected.” Don’t get me wrong, this post is not at all about social media being “bad” or anything like that. Social media is great; the tether that comes with it is not, though.
Are you ready to sever the tether that keeps you addicted-like hooked to your social media computer, phone, or tablet? Then read my tips on how I stay sane in a plugged-in world!
#1 – Don’t start your day with technology or with social media.
If you’re able to, DO NOT begin your day with a twitter update, checking Facebook, or instagraming your breakfast. I realize a lot of people have to start their day with technology at work and such, but if you can – avoid the social media until later.
I find that when I start my day with social media, I am automatically more tethered to it. Makes sense, right? I like to try to give myself at least a full hour in the morning before I start tapping into the latest on social media.
#2 – Establish “tech-free” times of day or areas in your home.
This has been hard, but essential for me. If social media and use of technology is okay anytime and anywhere in your home, you’re going to use it more than you probably want to. What’s available to you is what you will do. Like it or not, it’s kind of fact of life.
Something I like to do is give myself technology-free times of the day. As I said in tip #1, I try to start my morning this way. I usually do a devotional and pray first thing. This is my technology-free time. I don’t even keep my phone near me in case the temptation to check my phone arises.
Creating technology-free areas is also another step you can take to free yourself up. For me, my bedroom is a technology-free zone. Other than keeping my phone plugged in there sometimes, there is no TV, texting, or being on the Kindle in the bedroom.
Is there any place in your home you wish was a tech-free zone?
#3 – Schedule your social media.
Because of my recent use of Hootsuite, I’ve been able to release myself from some of the need to be glued to social media at all times of the day. I can schedule my tweets and Facebook updates in advance, giving me time to work on other things versus coming back to Twitter or Facebook multiple times a day.
If scheduling your social media doesn’t apply to you, I recommend using an app like Friend Stream, where you can view all your social media accounts’ updates in one app instead of needing to check multiple apps, thus saving you time.
#4 – Limit or remove notifications.
It’s likely that any app or social media you use has the option to notify you of new messages and updates. Yes, this is handy, but it’s darn annoying.
Since having my smart phone for a little over a year, at first, I was so thrilled by the idea of my phone beeping when I got an email. Until it beeped every 5 minutes. NO THANK YOU!
I currently have ZERO notifications on my phone because I found that the more notifications I got, the more often I would check my email or Facebook. Duh.
So, if you still have notifications on and you truly don’t need them – do yourself a favor and turn them off for some peace of mind 🙂
#5 – Mono-task over multitask.
If you’re like me, you probably have Facebook, your email, Twitter, and some other blog pages open right now. Thank you, technology, for allowing me to multitask my brains out!
This has advantages, obviously, but most of the time, I find multitasking to actually un-focus me and make me less productive. When you check things, let yourself check it and BE DONE.
Don’t leave your email open all day and then, as soon as a new email arrives, have to click on it to see it right away. You see the tether I’m talking about now? Whenever I keep multiple tabs open or I’m trying to get a little bit done on many different mediums, I end up at the end of the Internet hours later.
Doing one thing at a time and then cutting yourself off from it will allow you to focus on what matters instead of focusing on pinning your 12th cupcake recipe from Pinterest. Oops!
And there’s even a handy little graphic to help remind you of these tips! If you enjoyed this post, please share it, Tweet it, or Pin it. And then, give yourself a break from being plugged in!
Question for you:
- Do you feel too “plugged-in?”
- What are your favorite ways to “unplug?” For me, it’s reading a good book with a lit candle and some hot tea 🙂