For more years than this old brain of mine can remember, I have taken the month of July to do some sort of technology fast. In recent years, it has primarily centered around ditching social media but in the olden days, I would go as analog as possible.

I’m gonna try that again because, quite honestly, it freaks me out and I think that’s a sign I need to do it.

So, here are the rules I am setting for myself for July 2022:

  1. No social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with the exception of snapping with my family because that’s not a drain for me at all and I’m not a legalist.
  2. No news apps or Spotify news. I have a little FOMO on this one, so I probably need it.
  3. No YouTube or TikTok.
  4. No podcasts (listening or producing).
  5. Very little email. I’ll check my multitude of accounts once a day but unless it’s an emergency, I’ll let my assistant handle it.
  6. Using my phone, iPad, and computer as little as possible, mostly for sermon prep, writing, music, and GPS.

This is the stuff I have every intention of doing instead:

  1. Walk a minimum of three miles a day.
  2. Read five Psalms a day (the whole book of Psalms in July).
  3. Noodle about how to integrate healthy Social Media and podcasting rhythms into my ministry.
  4. Write as many chapter drafts as possible for my next book.
  5. Take one picture a day.
  6. Install hardwood floors at my daughter’s house (I know that doesn’t sound relaxing but it is).

That’s it. See ya in August!

Photo by 🇸🇮 Janko Ferli─Ź on Unsplash.