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Guest Post: Maintaining Your Sanity in a Digital Age

Hi everyone! I’m Marjorie from Simply Savvy Living. I’m thrilled to be guest blogging today on A Proverbs Wife.

I usually start my day by turning on the TV to watch a morning news show, checking email, surfing the web, and visiting Twitter and Facebook. By the end of this routine, I’m stressed because I have hundreds of emails, tweets and messages to catch up with. Calgon, take me away!

I decided to try something different last Saturday morning: no electronics or digital devices until after 12:00 p.m. It ended up being a wonderfully quiet and peaceful morning. I cleaned, interacted with my family, and finished a book I’d been reading.

The digital age is wonderful. Information is available instantly–no matter where we are. We can not only surf the web, but also countless channels on cable or satellite television.

But too many gadgets can wreak havoc in our lives. The stress of trying to stay caught up with email, etc. can be overwhelming. Internet addiction may soon be a recognized psychological disorder. And, it’s a sad state of affairs when parents have to be reminded to spend less time on their cell phones and more time with their children.

I’ve started to implement these tricks in order to maintain my sanity in this digital age.

  • Make a schedule for checking email and social media accounts. Break the habit of logging in to these accounts on-and-off throughout the day.
  • Go tech free for a day. It can be liberating and gives your brain a much needed break. Turn off the TV, computer and cell phone. Pick up a book instead and enrich your mind. Go for a bike ride with the family.
  • Focus on one task at a time. It’s too easy to have the TV running in the background while you’re working on an article or reading a book to your child. Do you really need it?
  • Designate a digital free zone in your home. No gadgets allowed!
  • Limit email newsletter and blog sign-ups. There are only so many hours in a day. Do you really have time to keep up with one more email or blog?
  • Empty your inbox every day. I recently had 900+ emails in my inbox. And that was just one email folder! I whittled it down to less than 30. Handle each email once, then get rid of it. Be picky about which emails you choose to archive.

I hope you find these tips helpful!

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3 thoughts on “Guest Post: Maintaining Your Sanity in a Digital Age

  1. This is a great post – I also need to break the habit of checking my email, blogs, etc so many times a day and designate only certain times to it and let that be it! My problems is, I’ll think of something I need to look up, like a recipe, but then after I’ve found my info, I don’t get off the computer, I stay on “updating myself” on email and my favorite sites. Then before I know it, an hour has gone by! Thanks so much for this – I want my kids to remember my time spent with them, not “mommy is always on the computer”!


  2. I agree with this 100%. We also need to realize that a lot of the news we get is so negative. It can really bring you down when you are bombarded with it constantly. We all need breaks from it.


    The Proverbs Wife Reply:


    I agree Stacy. I don’t watch much news because some times it makes sad. I’ve even cried because of some of the horrific stories. I try to read the news versus watch it because I can decide whether or not I want to read it based on the title.

    You are so right Stacy.


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