I’m writing this post on my iPhone. Why? I guess because it’s about my phone.
I was struggling with a self control issue….nothing new for me.
I struggle to keep my hands, eyes and thoughts off my social media and blog stats.
I love engaging with my online community.
Plus, we are trying to expand our online community. My wife, and I have a big project we are putting together. It will help parents have more fun in their parenting, make family fun easier and equip parents with tools to build their children’s character. (I can’t wait to tell you more about it in the next couple of months)
With all that going on, a full time career I’m dedicated to in Christian camping and conferencing….I need to be completely focused during our family time. I also have a goal to be “unplugged” once a week when I practice the spiritual discipline of a Sabbath.
I had been utterly failing at both of these goals, until recently.
What has been helping…
- Using Do Not Disturb function on iPhone and iPad to turn off notifications from Twitter and my blog Comments.
- I created a folder I called iFamily & iSabbath. I dragged the apps into that folder that I needed to remind myself not to look at during certain times. I was surprised the first several days how many times I grabbed my phone out of habit to check stats, comments, etc.
- I don’t open this folder during predetermined times.
- I tell my wife when these times are.
If you don’t struggle with self-control. This will sound silly to you. But for me, it’s a lifehack I need.