Instead of Grand Resolutions for 2012, this year I’ve been working on implementing new habits that will help me become a more disciplined woman. For the past two months, I’ve been working on establishing and following technological guidelines.
The more I’ve sought to wisely use my time online, the more I’ve realized that time management is not something I’m going to master once and never struggle with again.
I was specifically working on three aspects of online time management this month
- Rework blogging “time budget” since my morning has changed. (Read more about time budgets in Tell Your Time.)
Our morning rhythm has changed, again. Not only are we exercising and eating a sit-down breakfast (which takes more time to make and clean-up!) but little Meg switched to just an afternoon nap.
These changes have been good for the family. Life with little ones is constantly changing. They grow, their needs change and the routine needs to adapt. Again.
- Set aside 20 minutes in the late morning while the kids play to do all the “quick” things like answer emails, pay bills, check Facebook, etc.
- Avoid emails/Facebook during the first 30 minutes of “writing” time.
It’s so easy to get distracted rather than focusing on what I should be doing. Choosing to say “no” to the distractions makes the time online so much more productive. If I’m able to follow #2, it makes this last one much easier!
It’s easy to get discouraged. If this was the only habit I worked on for the entire year I doubt I’d have it completely conquered.
However, it is been encouraging to no longer feel “addicted” to the web.
Yes, the routine keeps changing. Some days I still spend too much time online.
This is an area I will have to keep on working on. An area that needs to continually come under Christ’s dominion.
How about you? Did you do better with your habit this month?