Create a Personal Technology Mission Statement in 3 Easy Steps

Weekly Challenge 1

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:

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!” 

Happy planning!!

 

 

TECHnically Intentional: A Write 31 Days Series

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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!  🙂