Each Monday during this 31-day series, I’ll share a challenge related to becoming more intentional with technology. I’ll be doing each of them and reporting back on my progress later in the week. I hope some of you will join me!
The first challenge is to create a personal technology mission statement. Having identified the “why” behind becoming more intentional with technology, a mission statement focused on action is a natural next step. Before the phrase “mission statement” scares you away, allow me to explain that this is different from a super long, lofty description that takes a long time to write and has little carryover to our everyday actions… We all know at least one of that kind, right? 😉 To the contrary, the most effective mission statements I’ve encountered or even helped create have been short, sweet, and to the point – easy to remember and put into practice. Which is the point, after all – an effective mission should lead to positive, lasting action.
Your mission statement will simply answer one question: When it comes to the different ways you use technology on a regular basis, what does “ideal” look like for you? I’ll share a simple formula below, but feel free to do whatever works best for your unique thinking and organizational style.
Create a Personal Technology Mission Statement in 3 Easy Steps:
Step 1 – Where You Are:
- Purposes & Priorities: Quickly brainstorm/list your different roles and purposes for using technology. Examples might include texting, creating work content, responding to emails, searching online, using apps for organization, viewing/sharing on social media, etc. It may be helpful to put them in rank order by priority.
- Tools & Time: List the main tools (phone, tablet, laptop, specific apps, etc.) you normally use for the above purposes; note times of day you use them, or if used on a continual basis. Don’t get bogged down in the details – just jot down the main ones.
- Helpful & Harmful: Identify positive and negative themes/patterns/habits across the above lists. Are your actions contributing to positive work habits and relationships? What are your biggest distractions? Hindrances to productivity? Stress inducers? Time wasters? Relationship barriers?
Step 2 – Where You Want To Be:
- Why: Identify or revisit your “why” behind becoming more intentional with technology. What will your habits cost you, in the short term and/or long term?
- Ideal: Allow yourself to dream a little. What would an ideal day look like for you in using (and unplugging from) technology? What changes do you feel you need to make? Boundaries to set/strengthen? Should week day/weekend rhythms differ?
Step 3 – Bridge the gap:
- Action: Now, for the fun part – actually creating your mission statement! Remember your guiding question: When it comes to the different ways you use technology on a regular basis, what does “ideal” look like for you? Jot down 2-5 simple statements that describe your ideal in clear, specific actionable terms. Each sentence/phrase should state what you should be doing in your ideal life. There’s no specific formula for this, as your mission statement should be written in a unique way that best motivates you to action.
My best advice from working on a general personal mission statement in the past is to pray before and during the process. Ask the Lord to bring to your mind and heart the priorities you should focus on and/or changes that need to be made, in order to align your heart to His desires for you. We can trust that His plans for our lives are for our good and His glory (Romans 8:28; Jeremiah 29:11) and that they far outweigh any we can make on our own.
I hope I’ve inspired some of you to participate in this challenge alongside me! Over the next few days I’ll break the process down step-by-step into 3-5 minute segments. This will hopefully make a seemingly overwhelming task more manageable to fit into our busy schedules!
At the end, I’ll share my technology mission statement and invite you to do the same. If you plan to participate, I encourage you to leave a comment saying, “I’m in!”