Digital Sabbatical vs Digital Lifestyle Makeover
I have been hearing about what some are calling a digital sabbatical over and over for the past three to four months now and I finally want to say… IDK… this one is probably not for me.
The question may be asked – What is a digital sabbatical? Some say it is
Dedicating one day a week or even a whole month away from the internet, email, twitter, and other online activities.” To others, an extended sabbatical is even more appealing (Rowdykittins)
They say the main reason for a DS is to have a mind cleans, a way to reclaim your time, exercise you body, and break the online dependency. But, My problem with this concept is simple – when the weekend, the one week, one month is over, what are they going to do about the problem that made them feel like they needed a digital sabbatical in the first place? They are going to go right back to their same old bad habits: mindless surfing, odd hours of online gaming, excessive social media abuse. I say, you can achieve the same goals with a good old fashion time management, self-control and discipline.
I propose a digital life-style makeover:
Manage your time in such a way that you can surf the web, reply to emails, update your Facebook and twitter status and moderate blog comments etc… So that your life is not subsumed by the internet or social media. Set appropriate times and healthy boundaries so that you can give your life to other important activities. This is the old school approach. The point here is to limit and plan your time online so you can focus on things of priority and utmost importance. Dedicate your time to your family when you get home from work and over the weekend. Manage your time jealously so that you don’t take time away from those you love just to be on the Internet.
Turn the phone off or on mute. Check voice messages to see if there are emergencies, if not return calls the next day… Especially when you are with you family and love ones. Go to bed early. Don’t stay up all night on the Internet. Set appropriate times for online activities, discipline yourself, stick to the plan, make it your lifestyle – your digital makeover lifestyle. If you can not discipline yourself to help you manage your time online, I highly recommend the Anti-social Software. It shuts off social media for the time you allow. That way, you can play with your kids, take a walk with you wife, do some gardening or mow the lawn, read a book, go to Church, volunteer to serve locally and not deal with temptations and lack of discipline.
Please let me know if you prefer the digital sabbatical or the idea of a digital lifestyle makeover or even better – your very own solution… You can share it right here.