One Habit a Month: Technological Guidelines

I was so busy with the No More Student Loans Giveaways last week that I didn’t get my new habit for March posted. [There are over a dozen prizes from some of my very favorite authors and businesses. If you haven’t yet, click here to enter the giveawaysEntry closes tonight!]

Rather than make resolutions for 2012, each month I am working to establish one new habit. I would love to have you join me!

In case it got buried in the midst of all the giveaways, here’s the update on February’s Habit (establish a lunch routine).


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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit,” said Aristotle. Habits, both good and bad, help shape our character.

Lately, I’ve been slipping into a bad habit. It’s called checking my phone for emails/Facebook updates a dozen times a day (or more!)

I’ve excused myself saying, “Oh, it only takes a minute.”

Often though, that minute grows into five or ten minutes. Even when it really does only take a minute, checking email distracts my mind from the task at hand.

In Amy’s excellent book, Tell Your Time, (enter to win one of 3 copies!) she encourages us to step back and evaluate our longterm life goals. To evaluate the kind of person, wife, mother, homemaker, writer and/or      fill in the blank      we want to be.

Once we have a vision for our lifetime goals, we must arrange our days and Tell Our Time so we can fulfill those goals.

Needless to say, the kind of mother I want to be does not check her phone constantly while she’s coloring with her kids.  The kind of wife I want to be isn’t reading an email when her husband has time to talk. I want to use those “extra” moments to tie heart-strings with my family.

Thanks to Amy, I do have blocks of time set aside for blogging, Facebook and all the other online fun. My habit for March is to stick to my online time budget and not let technology distract me from whole-heartedly pursuing my calling as wife and mother.

If there are down times during the day and checking email will not distract me from other priorities, I am allowing myself two (and only two) unscheduled quick checks.

What about you? Are you working on any new habits this month? If so, I’d love it if you linked up or shared in the comments! 

Linked up at Motivation Monday, Better Mom, Raising Arrows and Handful of Heart

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  1. Lisa says

    I love this one. I might actually use this for myself. My ‘just a minute’ tends to turn into 5 to 10 minutes. I do not check my phone, but e-mail, blog, etc at home. Thanks! I can’t wait to see how you do.

    • anna says

      Yay! So glad to have you join me…. me too! It’s already made a difference today. If the rest of the month goes as well, we’re going to have a happier family, cleaner home and focused Mama! 🙂

  2. Kasey says

    The best thing I’ve done for myself is to set time parameters. Today is my one day in the camp office, and my job is simply to answer the phone. It isn’t ringing, which is affording me lots of time to peruse. My children are happily at home with my hubby, so I am guilt-free at the moment. But far too often I am sucked away from home even while I am firmly planted in my house! I’ll join you this month in recommitting to my online time budget!

    • anna says

      Yay! Knowing friends are joining me will make it easier to carry through. So far I’ve already been much more productive–can’t see how the rest of the day goes.

  3. Jenni / Life from the Roof says

    I think I will join you in this as well. I have already unsubscribed to several blogs (not yours, obviously :)) that I feel haven’t really been adding much to what I want to do. I’ve realized lately that the Internet can make me feel like you’re doing something because I’m taking in so much information, but if I added up all the time I spend on it, what actually comes of that time is not very significant. Sometimes I feel exhausted too after surfing for awhile and my attention span seems more scattered, so I don’t really want to spend more time than I need to. I have so many half-finished projects or ideas of things I want to do that remain just that because of surfing when I don’t need to be.

    • anna says

      Awwww… thanks! 🙂 I’m so glad to still have you here Jenni!

      I so agree. It’s easy to get information overload and be tired without even having implemented any of the great ideas. The internet is a huge blessing I don’t plan to give up, but setting perimeters will hopefully help me use my time online most wisely.

      Thanks again for your encouragement.

  4. says

    That is such an unselfish thing for you to do! I’ve been around people lately who stay on their phone or computer, no matter who’s around, and if you try to talk to them during this time, they pay you no attention! So rude! Poor little kids, what is that teaching them? I congratulate you and wish you and these other girls, success in your endeavors!

    • anna says

      Thanks Bama Girl! I don’t know why the online world is such a temptation, but it is. Much as I love blogging and the many dear friends I’ve made, those in the room with me are (and should be!) my greatest joy and deserve my full attention.

      It’s only been a day and already it’s made a huge difference!

  5. Jessica@MakingHomeSweeter says

    Oh my gosh I have slipped into this same exact problem and feel the same exact way!!! I hate it. I love those days when I refuse to look at my phone…I get so much done and I’m so focused on my family. And then I take just one look at my phone, and that turns into another glance, until before I know it I’ve been sitting on the sofa for 20 some minutes and my son is grabbing my leg and I haven’t started dinner, etc. THANK YOU for posting this!

  6. says

    I promise I won’t get on my soapbox about internet and distracting phones, but I LOVE what you all are going to do this month!!!!!!! Go for it!!!! I’m not on fb and I only follow a few blogs which I check in the mornings, but watching others who are texting during meetings or while we eat dinner at Grandma’s or in the middle of conversations just gets to me. I know your families will be thrilled to have you really there. 🙂

    My habit is to get outside for at least 5 minutes every day rain or shine, wind or cold or warm.

    • anna says

      I so agree Bekah…. but as I’ve gotten more and more busy with the blog, was slipping into that annoying habit. It’s going to be a challenge, but SO good for me and my family.

      Great habit! I might do that next month. 🙂

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