How is your week going? Are you keeping up with the promises that you made to yourself?
As many of you may know, I am working through revamping my home office thanks to a new book. This organization project will take some time, trust me. This room has elements, AND STUFF, from all members of our household, but I am making progress. I look forward to sharing results with you…hopefully soon 🙂 What I appreciate most about the book so far is that the author gets how busy moms can be.
Speaking of busy, do you ever get to the end of your day, and wonder where in the world the time has gone? I find that I have so many items on my agenda, and often not enough time to get to everything. This made me reevaluate what I am allowing onto my schedule, as well as what distractions I welcome into my day. I received many questions about my family’s attempt to institute TechNoThursday recently, so I thought that I would take a quick moment to address the most common theme.
“I cannot disconnect for an entire day” We can’t either, and I never suggested that you do so. Our phones aren’t turned off; the tablets aren’t in the freezer. We simply choose to put them aside, and STOP STARING AT THEM throughout conversations, outings, and meals. I noticed that many people in restaurants, shops, and even church, have their faces buried in their phones (& yes, we can all tell the difference between your Bible app & your favorite social media apps lol). Yesterday I watched a mom fuss at her kid because he was interrupting…wait for it… as she attempted to update her status on her phone. She looked at me, and said, “I have so little time to catch up with my friends.” Wow! If you cannot answer your loved one, due to an overwhelming need to check your phone every few moments, you might have a major problem. My desire with TechNoThursday is to help bring back a level of civility, communication, and COMMON SENSE that can get lost when we are all staring at a device, and not looking at each other.
This isn’t meant to be preachy, and I am not against technology (I love all of my gadgets!), but I think that we all could use a dose of good, old-fashioned human interaction. I have no idea if TechNoThursday will extend beyond my household, but I truly hope that it does. Will you catch me with my phone and e-reader in public? Of course. Will you catch me ignoring my husband, child, or loved ones for them? I intentionally try not to do so, so I sincerely hope that you wont. Can I teach my child to appreciate technology, but to also be able to communicate effectively face to face? I can only do so if I am being the best example, and doing it myself.
Where in the world will all of the time go for your week? Will you make time for yourself and your loved ones? Will you reach the end of this week (or month, or year) with a sense of accomplishment for completed tasks, or bewilderment over the “lost” time? What can we all do to make the best of our time? I hope to learn more about this (and apply it) daily. This, like so many other of my lifestyle projects, is a work in progress. I hope that you’ll stick around for the journey.
Until next time,