After yesterday’s post, my friend Suzannah sent me a text with some great thoughts about what input looks like in her daily life. I wanted to share it with you, and hopefully implement this style into my life as well. From Suz:
Love your perspective and it’s funny, because your mindless consumption could equal my thoughtful living.
Example…When I get up, in that quiet time before everyone else needs me, I check my Instagram, Facebook, and feedly. I get caught up on what’s important to my friends and in the world. (Well, limited world perspective, admittedly).
Later, around 10, after I’ve taught my 3rd and 5th graders, I have a 45 minute planning period before my 4th graders come. Rather than jump right into copies, emails, planning, restroom breaks, etc, I take 10-15 minutes and check my phone. What cute baby pics have popped up on Instagram that make me smile? What recipes on Feedly look promising for next week?
Then I play my daily Set game, and by totally checking out for a short while, I am refreshed and ready to move to bring productive again.
Sometimes a mindful mindless break is what I need to refocus me, you know? Of course, my time is limited by my schedule so I CAN’T get sucked down a wormhole of links and comments. But I feel like giving myself 10-15 minutes every few hours helps me focus and be less distracted when I’m away from that “input”.
It’s not all bad, as you disclaimed – it’s all about managing it. And that might include some mindful mindlessness!
This is day fifteen in a series called 31 Days of Mindful Minimalism.