I might be crazy but how does 30 days of blogging tips and mom hacks sound? I have a ton of awesome content about how to become a blogger while also being a stay at home mom or working mother. It’s not easy but it’s totally possible. And it’s time for Day 27, where I share about the importance of taking a technology break.
Today I have a quick and easy tip for you—make sure you take a social media break or do a smartphone cleanse from time to time. It's super easy when you're focused on building a blogging business to constantly be connected to technology. Whether it's sitting at the computer or staring at your phone screen it can become addicting. And, I get it. There's a lot to take care of.
How to do a smartphone and social media detox as a blogger
Let's face it, smartphones are really convenient. They allow us to make calls, send texts, check email and social media, play games, take notes, track our calories, and just about anything else that you can think of. And, as a blogger, there are reasons you need to be connected some of the time. When you're trying to build a following deleting social media doesn't really work.
But you can take control of your social media use. And, you can limit the amount of time that you spend on your phone. Most people are used to always having their phone on them. It might be in your pocket, your purse, or even in your hand. Believe it or not, you don't have to have your smartphone always by your side. I know, mind-blowing, right?
We can schedule time to check email and social media so it's not taking time away that should be spent with our family and friends. If you schedule your time like this, it allows you to be 100% present when you're with your children. Instead of being tempted to look at your phone to check social media or email, you'll know that you have designated time to do those activities later. When it's not that time, don't do them.
Here are a few tips for taking a smart phone break:
Pick a place to leave your phone when you are spending time with your family. Don't carry it around with you.
Charge your phone in an inconvenient place. It could be in the garage, a spare bedroom, or the unused formal living room.
Turn off your notifications so you aren't constantly being tempted to check what the noise is all about.
Check your email once or twice a day and leave it at that.
Use an actual camera instead of your smartphone.
Don't keep your laptop on the kitchen counter, side table, coffee table or anywhere else convenient to get to.
The simplest way to say it is—make sure your focus is on whatever you are supposed to be doing at the moment. Be present. If you're supposed to be working on your business, then work on your business. If you're supposed to be spending time with your family and friends, then put everything else away.
Why we become addicted to our screens
When you build a business, you want to constantly check your email to see if you have any opportunities, good news, or comments coming in. And, in order to build up a social media following, it feels like you always have to be connected. You don't want to risk missing an opportunity to engage with your followers.
There's a lot of work that goes into a blogging business. There are things to learn, resources to find, strategies to develop, and blogs to be written. Even when we set working hours, it doesn't always mean we stick to them.
Just because you walk away from your computer doesn't mean you have actually stopped working. There are a lot of benefits to owning a smartphone but there are some drawbacks as well.
Being constantly connected makes it WAY too easy to just grab our phones to "quickly check our email" or quickly look at our social media accounts. But, the rabbit hole of the internet makes it easy for a "quick check" to turn into wasted time. Before you know it the time you were supposed to be devoting to your family has been spent online.
The importance of a smartphone detox
If you know me, you know that I love reading. (Check out my book recommendations here) I love all different kinds of books! And, I've read plenty of parenting books. I can't remember which book it was, but one of them talked about the importance of making eye contact with your child. When your child senses a lag in you pulling away from something, you're doing to make eye contact with them it gives the appearances you are disconnected from them.
I hate to even admit it, but there have been times when I was looking at my phone and looked up to notice that James had been looking at me. He might have been wanting to say hi or just to see if I was watching him. It makes my heart sink to know that I missed that opportunity to show him I was paying attention. Sometimes when this happens, I was simply waiting for something to load and staring at a screen.
Take a minute and think about how much time you spend looking at your phone when you're with other people. How many times have you missed a chance to connect with your child, partner, or friend simply because you were staring at a screen? How much more would you have benefited from the time interacting with loved ones instead of being on social media?
Taking a break from social media and your smartphone can help you to prioritize time with your family and friends. There is nothing more important on your computer or phone than your family and friends.
It can be a challenge to build a blogging business while still prioritizing your family, but it can be done. Hop on over to subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more tips on how to balance the two. Unless you're supposed to be spending time with your family right now and then put it on the list for later and get back to your family time!