I grew up Catholic, and although I don’t affiliate with a particular religion anymore, I do appreciate the symbolism of lent
. As a child I always got excited about picking my one thing to “give-up.” It was usually candy or pop or ice cream. And I was actually pretty darn good about it. I loved the feeling when Easter day came around and I could say, “I did it!” I like using this time of year for deep reflection and I value the insight that I can gain when I let go of something I no longer need. This letting go allows me to step inward and helps limit the amount of external distractions in my life.
As much as I love the Internet and connecting with YOU, I’ve gotta say that I can see how my few minutes of computer time here and there throughout the day distract me. I get on to upload some photos, then hear a ding alerting me that another email just arrived. I jump over to my inbox to read it, which takes me to Facebook and before I know it I’m reading about what my old high school friend is eating for lunch. Then the baby is up from his nap and I didn’t get a chance to do the one thing I had intended to do in the first place – which was to simply upload photos! Can you relate?
So in preparation for new projects I’m cultivating this spring, I’ve decided that I’m going to use the month of April to limit distractions. And that’s why I’m “giving up” the computer for one month.
Here are my April Unplugged rules:
Until Easter, I’m staying away from Facebook and Twitter. No writing posts. No reading posts. No writing blogs (eeks). No reading blogs (gulp). I can check and respond to emails, but will limit my time. I can do business related computer work, like writing articles for online magazine deadlines, keeping connected to my Inside Out
community forum and doing research related to my website redesign. (I found a graphic/web designer who is going to help me with this…and soon I’ll be working on new e-courses, too! Sooo excited.) I can write and send out my first newsletter. (Sign-up
so I can send you one, too!) And that’s it.
Since I have little boys who need my love and attention, I have to be wise about how I spend my time. I know that just by giving up my tendencies to get sucked into computer land I will have more space and energy to focus on what matters most…
Like enjoying the fresh air…
Just getting ready to post this challenge and I’m already feeling some resistance. I guess that’s a reminder that when we “give up” something we are attached to, it may not come easy at first, but there’s gotta be beauty and insight along the journey…right?
So…here it goes…
Your Personal Reflection: What can you “give up” this spring so that you can free up time to focus on things that need attention in your life?
Please note: I have an exciting art piece to share with you. When it’s ready I will allow myself one blog post and one Twitter/Facebook mention…but that’s it! I sure like making up my own rules…