When I came up with the idea of 31 Days Unplugged, I thought it would be useful for other women like me: stay-at-home moms who were spending too much time online during the day. God had been speaking to me for awhile about the issue, so I began unplugging and paying attention to my use of technology on the first day of February.
I had more than half of my posts ready for the month of March before the first post was made public, and even though I wasn’t completely unplugged, I was already beginning to see the positive effects of less time spent online in my home. I found that I had more time to do what I was supposed to be doing, to be what God has called me to be: a wife and mother. I was less stressed-out, and in turn my entire family was more peaceful.
Here are some things I learned from my month (well, 2) of unplugging:
1-Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends and family, but I have been using it too much. I can check Facebook once a day for a few minutes and keep in touch with friends and family, but checking Facebook constantly throughout the day is a waste of my time and energy. I have found that my home and life runs more smoothly without Facebook.
2-Facebook makes me stressed. People post things on there that make me angry or anxious, and I don’t have room in my day for time wasted on those things. Facebook causes gossip, which I don’t like and would rather not be a part of. God tells us in Phillipians 4 to “fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.” I’m just going to put this out there, guys: these things are not on Facebook.
3-I have been kinder to my children since I have been unplugged. I’m not sure if that is because I am not as anxious or stressed or if I have more time for them or what, but it has been great for the 3 of us. One of my goals for 2014 was to stop yelling, and unplugging this month helped me with that tremendously.
4-I do have enough time to do all that I want to do, and I have time to do it well. I just needed to stop wasting my time.
Do I feel like I missed out on anything this month?
I can honestly say that I don’t miss Facebook. I think that checking it for a few minutes each day will be enough for me to feel in-touch. I am pretty ambivalent about Twitter. Some people really love it, but I mainly use it only for blog updates. TV is also something that I don’t care too much for. When I have the TV on, it is usually on cartoons or Pawn Stars (Jason loves that show). These things aren’t hard for me to give up.
What I do miss, though, is Instagram. I LOVE taking pictures of the kids, and I get a lot of inspiration from other people’s pictures. I am seriously looking forward to using Instagram again, so if you follow me on Instagram expect A LOT of pictures from me tomorrow!
So, what has changed?
Everything has changed for me. My morning routine begins with God instead of status updates, I clean or play a game with my kids instead of checking Facebook, and I have more time for my husband when he gets home from work at night. Everything has changed. I am not going back (well, except for the Instagram thing:)).
What did you learn this month? If you would like to share, please join my link-up. I haven’t hosted a link-up before, so if there are some initial hiccups please bear with me!
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