06.27.2016

Five Ways To Lead a Low Internet Life and Still Feel Connected

This may seem like a strange statement coming from a blogger, but I try to lead a low internet life.

Both my full time job and my blogging life cause me to spend a lot of time on the internet.  It is a necessary part of life.  But the older I get the more I feel the benefits of “unplugging”.

Five Ways To Lead A Low Internet Life and Still Feel Connected www.jilliandanielle.com

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Social media is the part of my blogging life I struggle with the most.   Social media can take up your whole day if you let it, and I truly believe that it is important for our physical and mental health to not allow that to happen.

The internet has improved our lives in so many ways, but it can also have some negative effects if allowed to get out of hand.  Too much time on the internet can affect our imaginative and critical thinking skills, can suck up time that could be spent in productive or creative endeavors, can affect our sleep patterns, and can cause us to compare ourselves to others and create dissatisfaction.

So here are a few things I do to try and lead a low internet life…

TRY TO CONFINE YOUR INTERNET TO ‘WORKING’ HOURS

I do my very best to be finished with any internet related work by 6:00 pm.  Then I turn the computer off and walk away.  And by walk away, I don’t mean move to the couch and start working on your phone.  Try to make your evening (or a several designated hours a day) internet free.

SCHEDULE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA

Finding ways to schedule social media posts for my blog was a major factor in sticking to work hours and stepping away from constant social media.  You can schedule posts directly through Facebook, and I use Hootsuite to schedule for all my other social media platforms.  This allows me to draft my social media as I am working on my blog posts and has saved me a ton of stress.

DON’T PUT EVERYTHING ON THE INTERNET…AND AVOID SNAPCHAT

For my personal life I try to keep Facebook posts to a minimum of two times per week and I avoid Snapchat completely.  It can be fun to share every picture from our personal lives, but it can truly be a time sucker.  Not only are we constantly checking our phones to review the response to our post, but somehow feel validation from the feedback of others.  All these things can distract us from enjoying our own lives to the fullest.

AVOID TECHNOLOGY FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR BEFORE BED

Not just the internet, but all technology if possible.  I struggle with this one… one of my favorite things is to scroll through Pinterest in bed… but there have been many studies showing that the blue light emanating from the screens of all our gadgets can really affect our sleep patterns.  Not to mention, you will inevitably read something exciting or upsetting that will keep your mind going all night!  Grab a good book… a real book, not a e-book… and snuggle in for a good read!

TURN OFF YOUR PHONE

I realize that depending on the nature of your work, this may not be possible for everyone.  But silencing my phone, or turning it off completely, was a great way to practice a low internet lifestyle.  I turn it off on most weekends and many evenings!  When I am not hearing all the calls, emails, texts and notifications, I can more fully engage in the activities and the people around me.

Every day, my desire grows to better live my life to the fullest.  I was honestly amazed to discover how much the constant stream of media in our lives can stand in the way of that.

I challenge you all to try and “unplug” a little bit this week and to cultivate your “real” relationships, instead of online ones.  Instead of feeling disconnected, I think you will find that you truly interact with others more than ever before!

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Comments

  1. Yeah, that Pinterest in bed thing is hard to part with, but I’ve been doing really great with that lately. Reading actual, real, wonderful books is still keeping me up way to late, though.

  2. Tanya Flamion says:

    Great points and tips on how! Something I want to do better at, and your suggestions on how to do it are very helpful.

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