If you were told you had only a week to live, chances are you wouldn’t spend your last precious hours surfing, clicking, and LOLing. Living in the Land of Shiny Things extracts all sense of time.
Time simply slips away. What you think will take a few minutes takes an hour. There’s always a form to fill out, an email to answer, an attachment to send, a profile to update, or a comment that just can’t wait.
As a Christ follower you have a holy responsibility to guard the time God has gifted you. Studies show that internet addiction is a real condition of our wired society. Too much time online can result in memory loss, impatience, fatigue, diminished eyesight, carpal tunnel syndrome, hand and back problems, and even depression. Unbalanced online time can rob precious time from family, friendships, and fellowship with God.
Don’t become a digital statistic. Get serious. Get a plan. Get on your face. Ask God to help you live in a wired world without getting sucked into the black hole of mindless chatter.
7 tips to get you rolling:
- Pray. The enemy has come to steal, kill, and destroy you and your time. Daily pray for protection and holy spirit authority over your time online.
- Use a kitchen timer. It’s old school but it works! When the buzzer goes off, shut down and step away from the shiny gadget.
- Go digitally dark. Turn off all technology for 1-2 days a week to rest and restore your mind and spirit. This great for adults and kids.
- Pursue face-to-face (F2F) fellowship. Fellowship with those in the family of God is a surefire way to actively resist the enemy’s snares. Don’t expect fellowship to show up—pursue it! Your online success depends on it.
- Commit to your click. Say ‘no’ to rabbit holes when you are headed to an online destination. It’s easy to get distracted. Clicking links, polls, and photos will only sabotage your time saving goals. Answering every request and invitation will leave you with little fruit or peace. Keep a “to do” list next to your computer calling out pre-determined tasks. Check them off as you finish them, then log off.
- Condense your networks. Use a journal and write down a mini-plan for your online time. Each week identify 5-10 Facebook friends, 5-10 blogs, 5-10 Twitter streams to engage. Then, stick to that week’s plan. Switch out your groups week to week. Remember, it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality.
- Google your tools. A slew of free tools such as Google Calendar (organize your appointments), TweetDeck (organize your Twitter accounts and links/updates your other social networks simultaneously), Evernote (digital reminders), RescueTime (a time tracker that shows you where you spend your time online).
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The enemy has come to steal your hours and your days. Get serious about where you go, what you do, and how you spend your time online. #LiveSticky