This month I have taken up Brooke’s challenge (Slow Your Home) to go tech-lite. That means using the internet and being connected only as required, and looking to use your time in more creative and useful offline pursuits.
Here’s some tips from my experience so far.
1. Don’t become a slave to your phone
I mentioned that when I was in New York that I didn’t have internet access on my phone. It was a bit of a blessing because it made my phone pretty much useless. Which means I got used to not looking at it all the time. Instead of spreading your attention over the course of a day, pick your times and focus on the tasks at hand.
So here’s my tips:
- turn it off every now and then (you’ll be ok, nothing bad will happen!)
- let it go flat without hyperventilating (it’s quite liberating)
- don’t carry it around when you’re at home
2. Find something more interesting than Twitter
My trip to New York was a pretty good distraction! But then again, so was transforming our front yard last weekend. My last word on this – get out and enjoy life!
3. Don’t let Twitter manage you – manage it
OK, I get it, you’re not letting go of Twitter any time soon! So make sure you’re managing it. Twitter can be a constant stream of noise and distractions. One thing that finally started to sink in at BlogHer was that I need to use lists. You can create and use lists whether you us the native Twitter or any of the other apps like Hootsuite (my pick) or Tweetdeck. How do you use lists?
You could make a lists for:
- people in your niche for interesting content to read and share
- PR peeps to see what opportunities and brands they’re talking about
- Brands you work with or want to work with
- Bloggers you want stay in touch with, share their content and support them
- Tech people/blogs so you can keep up with the latest plugins and apps etc for your blog
4. Don’t fall for the immediacy of social media
Delay things to do in designated time, rather than think you have to do it right now. Here’s some ways you can do this:
- email a tweet to yourself (ask me in the comments if you don’t know how to do this)
- forward an email to Evernote to action later (check out how I use Evernote for blogging)
- Bookmark or clip a Facebook status to Evernote to share later
5. Don’t get sucked in to feeding the machine
Your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc will suck as much time as you’re willing to give it. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you have to continuously feed the machine. This is something I’m just starting to realise and need to get smarter about. Think of it this way, constantly trying to pump out good content is hard. More than likely you’ll slip in a bit of junk (you know when you do it). Junk food makes our audiences lazy and picky. Keep ‘em lean and keen and only feed them the really good stuff. They’ll appreciate you for it and reward you for your hard work.
At least that’s what I hope ;)
You can check out Brooke’s latest update here. She’s slipped up this week, but what has she learned?
What are your tips for making the most of your time online?