Each October, a group of bloggers around the world participate in an online 31-day writing challenge, where they create and share series on countless different topics of their choice. Last year, I started a series of letters to my daughters, which I really enjoyed and plan to continue as an ongoing work in progress. This year, I likewise chose a topic near and dear to my heart as a mom and educator – cultivating intention with technology in this age of constant connection.
My goals are simply to finish this challenge by writing for 31 consecutive days, and more so, to encourage myself and my readers to consider – and take action to improve – the effects of screen time on our relationships, motivation, and productivity. The posts will cover a wide variety of topics – exploring the issue of digital distraction, parenting tips, technology tool reviews, weekly challenges, and journaling on my own challenges and victories. I’m a work in progress and certainly don’t have it all figured out when it comes to technology or life balance, but I hope you’ll join me along this journey!
All posts will be linked below, as they are published.
1. Why TECHnically intentional?
2. Create a Personal Technology Mission Statement in 3 Easy Steps [Week 1 Challenge]
3. Tip Tuesday: Track Your Tech Use
4. Explore the Effects of Your Technology Habits: Questions & Resources
5. A Heart Like His in a Constantly Connected World
6. Shine Your Light – Online & Off
7. TECHnically Intentional Thoughts: Week 1
8. Schedule Unplugged Time [Week 2 Challenge]
9. Tip Tuesday: Establish a Home Base for Your Phone
10. Teach Me To Number My Days [Free Graphic]
11. My Top 3 Tech Tools for Productivity
12. TECHnically Intentional Thoughts: Week 2
13. Just Look Up
In case you’re wondering what happened to posts the rest of the posts, I’ve got one word… life. And if you’re a mom who’s ever had a sick kid or lived through the last two weeks of October, you probably get it.
At first, I was feeling pretty bummed that I didn’t finish what I set out to accomplish. But on the bright side, I did write (almost) consecutively for (almost) two weeks, which is more than I’ve written in the past several months combined. Through the Write 31 Days challenge, I also connected with a fellow mom blogger and Instagrammer, Chelsey Writes, who was, and is, a huge inspiration to me!
Perhaps I’ll revisit this series in the future (the second half was going to be focused on parenting in a digital generation). For now, I’m choosing to take Michael Hyatt’s stance that “there’s no failure, only learning” and call it a success! 🙂