Tech Resolutions Create Time Revolutions!

Posted on January 11, 2014, under Time and Technology.

Tech ResolutionsTech resolutions are pretty common fare around the New Year.

That’s because technology can save us mounds of time AND it can eat up untold moments, often without us really even being aware.  So, starting a new year (or even a new month) with  some tech resolutions is a good way to move toward change by setting goals for yourself, and then staying on track with them.

Here are some suggestions to help you make this real for yourself and revolutionize your time:

Tech Resolutions 1: Start Where You Are

The first thing to do, when embarking on any kind of a change is to get yourself grounded in the reality of where you are right now.

So, you’ll need to honestly observe yourself and your habits.  Ask yourself concrete questions about where and how you spend your time … and write down the answers so that they, too, are concrete.

This can be a challenging process – especially if you are bringing a self-critical eye to it.  So make this exploration a judgment-free process.  That’s how you’ll gather the best information!

Tech Resolutions 2: Decide Where You’d Like to Go

Now that you know where you are, the next step is to envision where you’d like to go.  Here you’ll to well to be creative and expansive. Don’t limit yourself.  Instead, let your imagination soar and visualize your ideal relationship with your technology.

Tech Resolutions 3: Small Steps Get You There

Your third task is to take that vision, and the reality that you’ve observed, and brainstorm small steps that move you toward your vision.

Remember, you are changing entrenched habits, so keeping your immediate goal small is your key.  Your steps need to be doable or you won’t take them (or if you do take them for awhile, you won’t maintain them).

Tech Resolutions 4: You Hold the Power

Don’t let yourself fall into the trap of feeling victimized by what you are doing.  Remind yourself that this is your choice, and the power is always in your hands.

It may help to post a note for yourself somewhere near your computer so you remember the particular values that led you to want to make these resolutions.  What are you gaining?  Keep this in the forefront, so that you’re approaching this process from an abundance rather than a scarcity mindset.

Tech Resolutions 5: Some More Ideas …

As long as we’re on the subject of Tech Resolutions, I’d also like to share a post on Mashable that offers “7 Tech New Year’s Resolutions to Pledge Right Now.”  These ideas focus primarily on security and efficiency – both of which can also have a profound impact on your time.

So, I invite you to consider your tech time, as we move more deeply into 2014.  If you aren’t happy with it, maybe some Tech Resolutions are worth exploring.

To your time success …

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There are 8 Responses to “Tech Resolutions Create Time Revolutions!”

#1 Krystal - 11 January, 10:27 AM

Small steps help reach your goal – this is true! I try to do a few small steps each weekend toward my entrepreneurship goals!

#2 Elizabeth - 11 January, 10:36 AM

My ideal relationship with technology? It serves me. I hate when it can overtake everything! I also don’t like when it gets in the way of effective communication. Good conversation/perspective.

#3 Priya - 11 January, 10:40 AM

So true..I love to be in control and be clear..

#4 Francene Stanley - 11 January, 1:58 PM

I need to spend less time visiting social sites. Full stop. It seems necessary at the moment while I build up readers for my new blog. But I won’t continue to waste so much time. Thanks for reminding me of my goal.

#5 Paula Eder - 11 January, 2:21 PM

That is wonderful, Krystal. I am sure that, with that practice in place, you will achieve your goals!

#6 Paula Eder - 11 January, 2:23 PM

Thank you, Elizabeth – and I love how you sum it up – “It serves me.” I also agree that technology, as much as it can enhance communication, can also get in the way. Thanks for stopping by! ;-)

#7 Paula Eder - 11 January, 2:24 PM

That is a worthy goal – and can be a challenging one, I am sure. Here’s to your success!

#8 Paula Eder - 11 January, 2:26 PM

Engaging on the social networking sites is very helpful AND it can be can be particularly challenging. One of my favorite tools for these activities is a good, old-fashioned egg timer. It goes off, and I stop – no questions asked! ;-)

Thanks for offering your thoughts … much appreciated.

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