Each day we are all granted the same amount of time; 24 hours. Nothing more and nothing Less. In my many attempts to become more organized and get back on track, I realized that I wasted so much time dealing with distractions and hopeless efforts of trying to regain my focus, even for the simplest of tasks. One day, I surrendered this issue to God and asked for some help. A few days later I came across Matthew 6:33, and I was very convicted. This question was also immediately downloaded on my heart: What do you give your attention to? I knew the answer and I did not like it, however I was encouraged to start this quest of allowing God to reassess and redirect my areas of focus. Technology was one area that I eventually had to address, because in 24 hours, this took up the majority of my time. Here are a few benefits and techniques that I have come to learn and implement into my life as I intentionally disconnect from technology.
How to Conquer Technology
1. Decrease the use of computers, Smart phones, tablets, TVs, and other electronics with lit screens two (2) hrs before bed because the light from the screens disrupts the body's natural melatonin release. You will start to get better sleep.
2. Unwind physically, emotionally, socially, environmentally, and mentally.
3. Organize and Schedule internet-free times throughout the weekdays or even the whole weekend.
4. Put away the phone during meal times and during face to face conversations. (Its rude and shows a lack of interest).
5. Try doing something engaging: walk, read a book, go out on an outing , work on your written goals, play board games, cuddle with babies, exercise, love on your loved ones (quality time), cook, hangout, draw, clean the car, clean out the closet, volunteer, dance, cloud watch or sing out loud.
6. No cuddling is allowed with devices. That is what pillows, friends, spouses, furry companions, teddy bears, and heat radiating or rib hugging children and siblings are for.
7. Partake in daily devotion, meditation, and prayer (We have the time, so ask God for the desire to do it)
8. Reduce the frustration that comes with having to focus on so much at one time.
9. Disconnect to connect (Odd but true).
10. If you can, get up, get out, and meet in person. (Face to face smiles or better than emojis :)
11. Experience life for yourself, not through the lives of others
12. With a half of what most people post online, a book could have been written
13. Develop those skills, you used to say, " I don't have the time for."
14. Take time to observe, learn, and understand your gifts, characteristics, passions, strengths and weaknesses. You become better equipped to tackle and embrace life, knowing who you are. (Pay attention to these things in your children as well).
Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
You know who you are, what you are capable of doing, and what you would like to do. Challenge yourself and others close to you and watch as things begin to shift in your life when you spend more time with God and less time with technology. Even if you can't do them all, try and do some.
Christine Benta is a 28 year old 'Woman of Purpose' who loves to think out of the box. Her desire is to promote the wellbeing and ability to function in others. She loves to encouraging others to embrace the unique person God has called them to be. She believes everyone has a story and its when we tell our experiences (testimonies) that we encourage and impact lives.