Losing track of time
How much of our lives are lost to the phone?
It’s not uncommon to hear parents telling kids,
“Hurry, hurry! There’s no time to dawdle!”
Many people feel that there just isn’t enough time. A Global Web Index 2016 survey shows that Canadians spend an average of 1.4 hours per day on social media and 5.2 hours on the internet in total. The conflict may lie therein. How do we not have enough time AND have enough time for 1.4 hours on Social Media per day?
As with so many things, finding the time is about creating the intention and carving out the time for what is important. We’re not saying don’t do it. We’re saying, get clear on how much time you are devoting to screens versus how much you want to be spending there.
Time Management specialists recommend setting clear boundaries around email and social media use. The clearer they are for you, the easier they are to enforce. Setting specific social media times can be very effective. Use simple tools to hold yourself accountable. Achievement coach, Erin Skye Kelly shares,
“I use an alarm clock to remind myself to go to bed. My kids have one too which cues them to start the bedtime routine and leave time for their treasured books.”
This week, ask yourself these questions:
How much time would you like to be spending on social media each day?
How much time would you like to be spending connecting with your kids?
When will you have your device with you?
When will you put away your screens?
How much time do you need to get the day to day tasks done?
How much time will you spend in the car?
One way to make this work is combining the time: car + connecting with kids; meals + connecting with kids. You’ll know what makes sense for your family.
The best way to connect with your family is to create the space to do exactly that. This is one of the reasons the YMCA Calgary and Parenting Power are talking about #NoPhoneFamilyDay
Remember: kids spell love T-I-M-E.