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5 Things I Learnt From A Week Offline

Jul 3, 2017

Last week, I turned everything off.

No podcasts on my morning walk, no YouTube while Ava napped, no mindless Instagram or Facebook scrolling.

WHY?

I was getting frustrated at the lack of time I have to nurture my business. But when I got honest with myself, looked at my day and where I was spending my time, I knew it could be better spent.

At the moment my ‘work time’ is 2(ish) hours in the middle of the day when Ava naps, and evenings. But my default was slowly becoming lying on the couch watching something that didn’t require a lot of thinking.

Don’t get me wrong, I still need time to rest, recharge and unwind. But mindless screen time and endless scrolling wasn’t the best way to refresh myself.

When I sat down to work, I was confused on where to start and what to focus on. I ended up reading or watching something online to ‘motivate’ me, but all it did was delay the real work even further.

I needed time offline to clear brain space. Think about what I want to focus on in life and business, what was best for my family, and how to best achieve it.

To create MORE than I consumed.

To get comfortable with silence, instead of having ear buds in, every time I was out for a walk.

Peoples/’experts’ opinions, ideas, recommendations, strategies and agendas are abundantly available online. And even though it’s inspiring, it can get a little noisy sometimes.

5 THINGS I’VE LEARNED FROM A WEEK OFFLINE

1. To be disciplined with my time and realistic on what’s possible to achieve each day. Living purposefully doesn’t have to mean ‘skipping dessert’, you can still be disciplined AND have fun.

2. I need to guard my heart, to be selective and intentional on who I let speak into my life.

3. I’m inspired to participate online in a more meaningful way. This looks like sharing with a purpose, sharing to help or inspire others. Valuing authenticity, but in a way that supports my brand.

4. There are other ways (arguably more productive ways) to relax, switch off and unwind. Reading, having a nap, or baking were great ways for me to relax and unwind. I found that some of my best ideas would come at these times of rest.

5. I have so many dreams, big ideas and plans to launch my business here in Brisbane. It’s all very exciting, but my expectations still need adjusting. My focus needs to be doing work that will ultimately let my family flourish, the way God wants it to. Highly recommend listening to THIS on the subject of Motherhood, Career and Identity.

I’d love to hear from you. Have you ever disconnected for a certain period of time? What did you learn?

What are some of your favourite non-online ways to relax and unwind?

Brides-to-be reading this, I know wedding planning can be overwhelming and confusing. As soon as you get engaged, there are a TON of people (in real life and online) who will give you their opinion, and try to manipulate your decision making. While it’s not as easy to have a break from people (!) I challenge to you to try turning off Pinterest and give yourself a break from looking at wedding blogs for a week. Let me know if you have any brilliant ideas or realisations from doing this experiment! I’d love to know x

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