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Ten years ago, I launched Spaceships and Laser Beams. I had no idea how it would change my life and my family’s entire world.
Over the past ten years, I have spent countless hours online, building this site and creating a world I am proud of.
But that hard work has come at a price: it’s meant taking my laptop on family trips, skipping social events, and working all sorts of crazy, odd hours to make it all happen.
In fact, in my circle of friends, it’s become a joke how I can curl up with my laptop just about anywhere to work.
And then, at the end of a long work night, I’ll fall asleep cradling my laptop like I’m a kid with a lovie.
I’ll admit it’s worth a chuckle but it was also a wake-up call for me.
It’s not healthy to fall asleep with one’s laptop. This is not a good habit to have established. Whoops.
That’s why this year, one of my resolutions has become “no more falling asleep with the laptop”.
In 2020 I want to find a better balance with the role technology plays in my life, so I’m setting digital wellbeing resolutions. What are your personal digital wellbeing resolutions?
Beyond not sleeping with my laptop, I’m also working at getting better about my own self-care, which has been sorely lacking the last several years.
In addition to these goals, I’m also working to set aside more consistent, quality family time.
For us, this means regular time as a family without interruptions or electronics, where our focus is purely on conversation, connection, and creating memories.
It means time with our dogs, time outside, and time in the kitchen. It means quiet, alone moments again with Mike.
At the beginning of our relationship, we used to spend a lot of time in the kitchen together, cooking and then enjoying our meal.
Of course, Sam and responsibilities changed all that — but now we’re making it a priority again.
Need help deciding your own personal digital wellbeing goals? Google has a quiz quiz to help you determine where you might want to find a little more balance. On their site, they also have tons of resources to enhance your and your family’s relationship with technology ! Visit wellbeing.google to discover more of Google’s Digital Wellbeing tips and tools.
With these goals firmly in my mind, I decided to seek out a workspace that I could rent with other creatives. This would give me an area that I could clearly define as my space for work and then free me up more at home for being a wife and mom.
It’s working great so far! I love having other ladies around me that are building their own businesses and our space is beautiful. This part of the plan is going fantastic.
Because I am loving my separate workspace so much, it’s definitely made it a smooth and easy transition to focusing on myself and family more at home.
We’ve enjoyed time in the kitchen together, which is one of our favorite activities to do together.
We’ve had more slow meals together, gathered around the table. This has led to more fun and silly conversations, as well as bigger, deeper talks with Sam. I’m not rushing at home as much. It’s been lovely.
We established a no electronics at the table rule and it’s been excellent. We have a basket next to this framed artwork that reminds everyone to drop off their devices before setting down. You can download the artwork printable here.
I’m also making myself more of a priority: evening cups of tea, a few moments with a good book, or taking time to visit the salon. It’s done a world of good for my energy level and my mental well being.
These positive changes are spilling over into my business. I am able to think more clearly and focus better while I’m working, which is having a great impact on my site.
Google offers tons of resources to help make screen-free time easier for every family. My favorites are:
GMAIL PRIORITY INBOX: Easily declutter your inbox and find what you’re looking for quickly by turning on Priority Inbox in Gmail settings. It helps automatically organize your email into categories so you see the most important emails first.
GMAIL SCHEDULE SEND: I work all sorts of unconventional hours, so scheduling drafts of emails to automatically go out on certain days and times is super helpful.
HANDS-FREE ASSISTANT: I am obsessed with this technology. You can send texts, read the next step in the recipe, play music, hear the weather and much more. Smart speakers are making day to day life smoother and more productive.
FAMILY LINK: With Family Link, you can set screen time limits on your child’s device to manage how and when they use it. You can set daily time limits, per-app time limits for more granular control, and even grant bonus time if they need “just five more minutes”. 😉 You can also remotely lock their device when it’s time to unplug and set a device bedtime.
You can find all of Google’s Digital Wellbeing tools at wellbeing.google and discover ways to integrate them into your life and your family’s. What are your digital wellbeing resolutions?