I am a mom of 2 kids and wife to an amazing red head. I love Jesus with all my heart and strive to make my life a reflection of Him. I'm a photographer, a busy body who can't sit still, and a girl who's traveled to 21 different countries but wants to see so much more. I co-founded Ten Thousand Homes whose goal is provide HOPE and HOME to Africa's orphans and vulnerable children. I'm also the writer behind my personal blog, I Believe In Love where I share my travel adventures, my photography, and creativity.

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The Discipline of De-Plugging

I just returned from a summer vacation.  It was wonderful and fun and just the right dose of family time.  I actually came back rested.  I think most of the time, coming back from summer travels requires a vacation from your vacation.  Not in this case.  It was perfect.

I had an epiphany the other day of what made it so restful.  I’ll let you in on the secret.  It just so happened that I was internet-less the entire 2 1/2 weeks I was gone.  By taking away that one thing, so much of my time was freed up!  It was both an amazing and sad discovery.  Amazing to know that I have some control over it and sad that I actually spend so much time online.  Maybe I need to join a support group, “Hi, my name is Jen, and I’m addicted to the internet.”

The thing is that I like (or more accurately, love) blogging, reading other people’s blogs, looking for recipes, finding the perfect knitting or sewing pattern.  These things are not bad, of course, but the amount of time I spend doing them needs to be adjusted.  Can anyone relate with me?

So, I am setting out to instill some disciplines into my life.  I’ve already unsubscribed from emails I was receiving and certain blogs I wasn’t really reading anymore.  This alone has greatly reduced my online time.  I’m also trying to find the right time during the day to do my online business but limiting how long that time is.  You know another thing I noticed while on vacation?  I slept better at night.  Being online right before bed stimulates me too much.  Exactly how I’ve had to cut out coffee after a certain time, I’ve had to cut out internet after a certain time.  This is a hard one since it seems like a good time to be online while my kids are in bed.  However, I’ve realized they need a non-grumpy, rested mama more than they need a mama who’s found the perfect new recipe to try. [Smile]  I also believe regular, healthy internet fasts would really clear my head.  A weekend camping trip, being out in nature with the family, would be perfect for that!

What about you?  Do you find the balance of time online a struggle?  Have you found any disciplines that work for you?  I believe this will be a journey that will be ongoing, and I will always be making adjustments according to the season of life.  I would love to hear how you balance the discipline of de-plugging.

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  1. Carriefinlinson 08/17/2010 at 9:19 pm

    I can totally relate to this. I'm sure a lot of moms can. There is just so much good stuff out there! But so much good stuff going on in my house too. One strategy I've tried is to streamline–crunch all of my online business to one session and then give myself only a limited amount of “playtime” when the work is done. It is really hard.

  2. erica_f 08/12/2010 at 7:35 pm

    Yes, as a WAHM it's a huge struggle. When I guilt myself about one thing while doing another (I'm working & should be with my kids or vice-versa) it drags me down, so some days I have to unplug, shut the computer and let the day unfold without a nagging voice.

  3. mmott 08/12/2010 at 2:04 pm

    Good discovery. It's amazing how we find ourselves overwhelmed and short on time, but in most cases, it's because of our own choices.

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