I am so enjoying reading all of your Advent Unplugged posts. The insights you are sharing are so motivating to me and the accountability is really helping me strive to stay on course (or get back on course when I get wrapped up in my laptop again!)
Here’s some insights I’m having as I struggle to be/stay unplugged:
The distraction of social media was becoming such a focus in my life that it was causing me to see my real life and work of caring for and playing with my children as a distraction. So heartbreakingly backwards! When I’m tempted to say, “just a minute,” to the child who wants to tell his mother a story because someone posted an article I want to read on Facebook, there’s a problem. If anything can be put on hold, it’s social media, not being engaged with my kids.
But you know what? It’s hard. I really LIKE reading all the articles that are shared on Facebook and reading all the blog posts I want to read. I really LIKE seeing everyone’s pictures on Facebook and responding to status updates. It’s a struggle not to open the laptop, check my email, write emails, view my stats, etc. So here’s some steps that are helping me unplug:
I’ve said it before, but removing the social media apps from my phone has been pure gold. Seriously, y’all. During my pregnancy with Gwen (AKA months of puking, light-headedness, inability to leave my bed/the couch) using my phone as a distraction was a life-saver. Can I survive the next 10 minutes of nausea? Distract myself with funny stuff on FB! I should have been doing something more awesome like praying through the physical misery, but honestly, having my phone there really kept me going. But during those months, I got addicted. Addicted to the point that if I misplaced my phone IN MY OWN HOUSE for a matter of minutes, I felt fidgety and anxious and irritable. Addicted addicted. Now that the social media apps (except Instagram, because it’s good for me, rather than distracting) are gone from my phone, there’s so little to DO on it that I can just keep it plugged in on the counter and not bother with it.
Keep my browser closed. So, I often use our laptop to listen to music on iTunes or Spotify. But I also used to leave my browser window open all day. Then I’m constantly refreshing to see what’s going on all over the internet. And that’s just dumb dumb dumb. So I’ve been TRYING to either keep the laptop closed and play music off my phone, or listen to music but keep my browser closed so that it’s not there to refresh. This is harder for me because I’m not great with self-control. I can go cold turkey with things (like just deleting all the apps) or I can go wild but a moderate in between isn’t my strong suit. Same with food. I can eat nothing with sugars or grains or I can eat ALL THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS. There is no middle ground. It’s a super fun character flaw, lemme tell ya!
Go outside. Go on a walk. Go to the park. Sit on the back porch with a book while the kids run around the back yard. You can’t be messing around on your laptop when you’re outside and your laptop is inside.
So link-up and share about what you’re learning this Advent and how your Advent Unplugged is coming along. Don’t worry if you didn’t get a chance to link up before, any one can jump in whenever!
OK, for the link up:
1. Write an Advent Unplugged post.
2. Add the Advent Unplugged button.
3. Link up below!