How to be Fresh Online (part 2)

Wurlitzer jukebox 8×12 by Beth Berg  Click image for details

In the first part of this feature, Joy asked for some more help with syncing our online time with our offline lives. So without further ado, and in the words of the Jukebox DJ, “Joy, this one is for you.” Here are some pointers to help you craft your own “fresh” plan.

It’s perfectly natural to sometimes feel things are getting a little bit out of control in our digital lives. When we feel we don’t have room to breathe in our online jaunts, then it’s time for a little re-jig. Let’s move from rushed, resistance, and remorse to rhythm, relief, and results.

How to be fresh online

  • Be clear about what you want to do online each day. Consider activities that will move things forward whether in work or in life. For me tody that was to finish this post; list an item on ebay; email my list; scan a document; and then schedule some tweets (not happening). And check in with my in box.
  • Choose the tools that support your creative ventures. Support, not overwhelm, is the aim. Know yourself, know your needs and know how you like to work. I use Evernote to hold draft blog posts. I use Dropbox to store digital courses and books. I use TeuxDeux as an electronic daily to do list. And sometimes I use Buffer to schedule tweets.
  • Decide how you want to handle your inbox. The best approach is to find a system that works for you. Or make up your own. Your inbox is there to serve you. You get to choose how you engage with it.
  • Set aside money and time  for online courses and products. Gather the intelligence you need to plan ahead, e.g. launch dates and seasonal savings. And then when other fabulous offers come through — and they will — you can pass. I say this with love: You cannot do them all, and you do not need them all, even if you want them all.
  • Indulge in digital binges. This includes creative research, video teaching treats, and audio downloads. Some can be enjoyed while cooking, having your hair done, driving, or having a lie in. Or you can just put time in the calendar.
  • Develop a strong offline life. Fill your world with activities and people that make you feel alive. Enjoy slow food, the slow lane, and the scenic route now and again. Develop daily practices that nourish your inner life and that keep you aware of how you are feeling in your body.

Oh, and you can go slow online, too.

What will your “fresh” plan look like?

Okay this tune is over. Happy New Year!

8 thoughts on “How to be Fresh Online (part 2)

  1. I like how your post really acknowledges how intertwined our lives are with the Internet… And I get the sense that you’re not suggesting that’s a bad thing that we ought to resist or be ashamed of, but rather learn how to balance. Moving your body and nurturing face-to-face relationships are great steps in this direction.

    1. Hi Lillian
      You’re right, I love how the Internet can be used for so much amazingness. The challenge is learning how to dance with it, and that can be fun!

  2. I love this post! Totally validating, too. I spent most of last year struggling to find the balance between online and offline and near the end of the year finally came to terms with what I do and don’t enjoy where the two merge – love Instagram, did not love my FB page; far prefer face-to-face but will share sparingly online. So I’ve started taking steps but I love the “fresh” focus. Thank you!

  3. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for as I’m trying to do this in my life…be out of my chair and living life, vs. having life online…there’s really no comparison!

  4. I select your last paragraph as my fave. We are just PEOPLE behind computers and should never forget that *but* i also feel that having a creative life also allows me to have my own schedule (eat slower and peaceful meals, watch a fave tv series, leave for a walk, feel my body…) things i couldn’t easily do when i was employed 9-5 on a regular job. Now, its all about knowing when to shutoff the laptop/tablet and put the cell phone on silent mode and that can be achieved with some sort of discipline. Me thinks 😉

  5. Great insight Helena, computers can empower our creative lives, and we are ‘people’. It’s all about knowing when to shutdown, switch off or go silent… Thank-you!

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