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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