Technology is everywhere. Our society is more connected than ever before. I mean c’mon, I’ll be the first to admit, if my iphone is not within a 3 foot radius of me, my thumbs starting jonesing for it. Even my daily habits revolve around social-media, it’s ridiculous. I think in facebook statuses, I see daily activities through my Instagram eyes, and tweet every time I eat. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media, there are so many benefits from it, both personally and professionally. I love being able to connect with people all over the world with one click. It truly is amazing and I am thankful for it. That being said, lately I’ve let it take over my life a bit. And that is all on me.
Desiring more balance in my life, I got to thinking that I couldn’t remember the last time I went a day without my phone or internet. I decided I needed a day of rest. Not just another day off, where you don’t really work, but you know you get online to respond to just one more email, or edit one more session and then end up spending hours on facebook. Nope, a total day of rest, unplugged.
So on Friday night I turned off my iphone and put in a drawer ( I already do this frequently when I have a lot of work to do, it really helps me get focused and stay in the zone), turned off my alarm and covered up my clock, and vowed not to get online or do any other work on my computer. I had nothing planned for Saturday. No agenda whatsoever, I was going to stay home and do whatever I wanted non-work and computer related, and enjoy a day off with my family.
Here’s a little what my day looked like: (I am a list freak, sometimes I like to blog this way too)
- I slept in
- I made a huge breakfast (cinnamon sugar pancakes and turkey bacon)
- I took Jazzy (my dog) for a morning walk
- I laid in the sun and read for hours ( my bible and currently finishing Tim Sanders’ “Today we are Rich”)
- We baked monkey bread and apple cake
- I took a nap
- I visited my grandparents
- I took a walk with my brothers
- We did bible study as a family
- I photographed (that’s not work, I enjoy it!) with my 5d M2, and not my iphone.
- I made dinner with my family
- We watched a movie
And I did get online late last night, but ONLY to catch up on Dancing with the Stars and Modern Family (:
Yesterday was amazing, I highly recommend taking a complete day of rest . I am going to start doing this as often as I can. But, I also set up a few boundaries for balancing work/social media with daily life.
The day was such a treat and exactly what I needed. Last night I made a list of what I needed to get done today, and I woke up feeling so refreshed and ready to tackle my work. Thank you Lord for creating a day of rest! You’re so smart.
A few images, straight out of camera (since I didn’t edit AT ALL yesterday)…