Mom Diaries: How to Avoid Spending Too Much Time Online

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How to Avoid Spending Too Much Time Online

We live in a world where our entire days are spent online. Think about it, how often do you get online throughout the day? How many notifications get sent to your phone to make sure you don’t miss anything?

Whether it’s to check our social media, do our work, pull up a recipe for dinner, etc. Overall, we spend way too much time online. Yes, I realize as I’m typing this, I’m using a computer, but I have a set time to get online.

You’re about to take a peek inside how I’ve managed to stay offline for most of the day, and how to make the most of the time you do spend online. Have you ever felt like you had so much to do and had no clue where your day went? Most of us don’t realize just how much time we spend online.

Here’s a simple example of how you can structure your days to make sure the most importing things get done before you get online.

1. Stay Offline in the Mornings

Your mornings should be used to set the tone for the rest of your day. Start your mornings off right, and you will have a super productive day. If the first thing we do is reach for our phones when we wake up, we’ve already started the day off behind.

Getting online, especially in the morning, can be a total time waster! You know you’re gonna get sucked into the social media rabbit hole so just avoid it altogether in the mornings. Make a list of things you need to do in the morning and get those done first.

2. Focus on Cleaning One Area of the Home for 20 Minutes

You know how you always say, “I didn’t have time to get a single thing done around the house today”? Make sure you’re getting at least 20 minutes worth of housework in each day by doing that in the morning. Before getting online.

3. Run Any Errands Needed

The mornings are the best time to run your errands because most people wait until after work to get those things done. By getting your errands out of the way in the morning, you’ve already checked off a ton of things from your to-do list, and all before lunch.

4. Plan What You’re Having for Dinner and Set a Reminder on Your Phone to Start Prep

You know how frustrating it can be when 5:00 rolls around and you still haven’t planned anything for dinner. Your kids are hungry, you’re stressing out to find something to feed them, and you end up ordering pizza as a quick fix. I recommend taking a day to meal plan your entire week, but at the very least, each morning.

Once you’ve figured out what you’re making for dinner, you can start defrosting any meat you’ll need. Now all throughout the day when you’re getting your work done, you know you’ll be ready to start dinner on time, no stressing.

5. Spend At Least 10 Minutes Outside

Get yourself out of the house! Grab a cup of coffee or tea and go outside and relax for 10 minutes. Just enjoy the beauty that surrounds you and breath in that fresh air before you lock yourself up inside on your computer.

6. Now You Can Get Some Computer Time In

I would recommend writing down all you need to do online today. This way, you’re more likely to stay on track with why you’re online. Set a timer for however long you need for each task and try to focus on just that task until your timer goes off.

Then you can reward yourself with some social media time, but set a timer for that too! Set a goal for when you need to get off the computer and start getting dinner ready. This way, you are managing your time online and not the other way around.

7. Stay Offline for the Rest of the Night

Once you start on dinner, the rest of your night should be dedicated to your family. Eat together at the table, no phones allowed! Talk about your day and learn how to engage with your kids and spouse again.

Have your kids help you clean up after dinner so you can get it done quickly. If you have time to spare before getting them ready for bed, then and only then, can you turn on the TV to watch a show together. Once the kids are in bed, the rest of the night should be dedicated to your spouse.

Now I’m not saying electronics are bad, it’s just the way we allow them to consume and manage our time that’s bad. Once you learn how to balance your days to get done what needs to be done, getting online is no problem. Just keep an eye on how much time you spend online when you are there.

My husband and I love playing video games together. When he gets home, he looks forward to jumping into bed and geeking out on Minecraft or whatever else we’re playing. So you can even make electronics a part of your time together, as long as you’re doing it together.

Keep in mind what’s most important, time with your family.

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