I’m doing my best to implement Screen Free Saturdays. Before I was married I had gotten good at taking one day a week off from work and my computer. I often even turned off my phone. The day was completely random depending on the week. But I usually had at least one day when I found myself appointments free. I definitely had to work to keep those days open but it certainly helped my sanity. Weekends, especially Sundays were not restful or work-free for me and so I had to find that time elsewhere. I don’t just turn off for a few hours, I need to step away completely and I got pretty good at actually making that happen.
However, this habit went out the window once I got married. With the change and upheaval of my life in general, I just kept going week after week. This isn’t healthy for me or my husband. But now that I settled into a new sort of schedule, a healthier pattern is finally emerging. And that is why it is now Screen Free Saturday. This should be good for me, my time with God, my time with my husband and hopefully this will encourage others to step away from the things that bind us and prohibit us from real rest.
What Screen Free Saturdays are:
1. No email.
2. No blog.
3. No Facebook.
4. No Instagram.
5. No computer, kind of. Some exceptions might be looking up directions, a recipe or watching a movie. But if at all possible I avoid opening my computer because of the ritualized habit of checking Facebook, multiple emails and other sites regularly.
What Screen Free Saturdays are NOT:
1. Actually screen free. TV, movies and my cell phone are all fair game. But I have to be careful, especially with my phone, because it’s super easy to just open the Facebook app or look and see that I have emails waiting for me. TV and movies don’t really have a strong draw but it’s nice to have the option of curling up and watching something on our rare (and so far nonexistent) lazy Saturday at home.
2. Set in stone. The point of this is not to get all legalistic but instead to have a healthier relationships with technology, social media and other people.
So I will leave you with two more thoughts. I find that being productive during the week actually allows my mind to accept and enjoy the rest. There will always be a to-do list but if there are too many things left undone, I won’t be able to fully rest or unplug. If rest and/or productivity are things you struggle with, here is a great sermon from Kyle Wells at Christ Presbyterian in SB. We are indeed Set Free to Rest.
And finally this blog post was written on Friday and scheduled to post today:-) Happy Saturday everyone!