One of my readers asked if I could do a post regarding this topic, and it’s entirely coincidental because it’s something that I have been working to implement in my life. I feel that I should not spend hours straight casually on the computer, as I have to spend a long time doing school every day. That is also precious time that can be used to do something more constructive. I’ve been wanting to spend more time with God throughout my days, too, so I think limiting how much time I spend on the computer will help.
Speaking of this topic, I’d love to share with you a fabulous post regarding this topic by, Kina at Above the Heavens. It is SO good, and helped to spark the idea in limiting my screen time. Also, check out this lovely post also regarding this topic by, Grace at Vibrant for Jesus.
Getting back on track, I would like to share ways that I will begin doing to manage my screen time once I start back to school this Monday, and hopefully, this post will give you some inspiration. Oh, and by the way, this is my 100th post. 😉
A Start Time
I usually have to be on my laptop by 9 A.M., as my first class starts at that time every day. Sometimes after breakfast, I like to log onto my school early to begin working on school, but I could wait; unless I need to complete something urgent. During the school year, I hope to at the least not even boot up my laptop until 8:50 to hop on early enough for my first class. When my school has breaks or off-days, my start time will be 12 noon.
A Cut-off Time
I have been thinking about what my cut-off time for being on the laptop should be, and on school days, that will be 3 P.M. By then, all of my online classes, so that will give me about 2 hours to spend some time with God and work on one of my hobbies before dinner. On the weekends and school breaks, I may also still do 3 P.M., so that I stay in the habit of doing so and won’t quickly get off track when it is time for school again.
Taking Screen Breaks on Breaks
With being in school for most of the day, which requires a lot of screen time, I don’t think I should be on the screen too much for leisure. When I take my lunch break, I could memorize Scripture or read instead of getting back on the computer.
This upcoming Spring semester, I’m hoping to get all my school work complete by 3 P.M., so that I literally won’t be doing school all-day and actually have a break from school daily. I can be a workaholic and spend hours doing school, completing things that are not even due yet.
Scheduling + Tech-Free Days
Since I am trying to cut down how much time I spend on my laptop during the week, I’ll only have time to write blog posts on the weekend. I already like to schedule blog posts, but I plan to do it more. Then, I will not have an excuse to be on the computer when it’s time to get off.
I think it will be much easier to have tech-free days when scheduling my blog posts. Doing it during the week will be impossible because I still need to do school, but I can always do them on school breaks and even one weekend out of each month. Sometimes, it’s good to just take a break from all things tech every once and a while because it’s something that we have to use quite regularly.
Now you may be wondering, what exactly will I be doing when I’m not on the computer? I hope that what I plan to do for leisure will spark some ideas you can try doing.
- Spending more time with God: Honestly, this is the ultimate goal of limiting my screen time. I feel that my relationship with Him needs some strengthening to really learn to trust Him with every aspect of my life and run to Him no matter what. I want my faith to grow even more.
- Memorize Scripture: After participating in the National Bible Summer Study last year, I realized that I need to start that habit again. Hiding those passages in my heart helped me in many ways to apply certain Biblical truths to my life, and thus, I need to do it more often. Often, I have the issue of being consistent with it, but I am hoping to develop a way to help me stay on track.
- Mailing encouragement: As I mentioned in a previous post, I want to start mailing out encouragement to different people once a month this year. With everything that happened last year and how the new year is starting off, I know many people are worried and even a little scared. I pray that I can reassure them that we still have hope that we can rely on.
- Reading: This is already one of my favorite hobbies, but I have to do it even more, to receive monthly service hours for NHS (National Honor Society) by writing book reviews. I want to make sure that I meet the 6-hour requirement every month.
- Writing: When I was younger, I use to write stories all the time, even though I never finished them. Since I have been reading so many books, I’ve had many ideas popping into my head nonstop (which is kind of annoying), and I would love to write and actually complete them. I have plenty of notebooks that I can use for story writing, so I’m hoping to make time for doing that.
- Getting in the kitchen more: I’ve wanted to eat more healthy lately because I really need to. I have been finding many simple recipes that I’d like to try making for breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the day. But I can only make that happen if I actually get in the kitchen. 😉 Doing something like this is also a way to spend time with God, by going over passages I’m memorizing, listening to a podcast, sermon, or audio Bible, and do other things for my spiritual growth.
I want to glorify God with my time, and sure, that means I will have to make some sacrifices and/or limit how long I do things, but it will be worth it in the end. I just have to keep pressing on with Him by my side. ❤