My laptop sits on an island in my kitchen. From this platform, it teases me. I am taunted to open it. Fretting that I will miss out. I am convinced that I need to explore each inch of the Internet. Do you ever feel this way too?
On the web, there is always more to know and do. One click leads to another. It can be never ending. We can lose ourselves, our time, and our life surfing the web. Or, we can find a more balanced approach to using the web for business and leisure.
Become the master of your time. Don’t get caught in the currents of the web.
Imagine for a moment, you are sitting in front of your computer screen. You have multiple browser tabs open. Tweets, comments, blog feeds, and emails are screaming at you to respond. Where do you begin? Can you feel your mind starting to race?
“When your mind is racing, it is harder to balance.” ~Vicki, my yoga instructor
If we are going to live in a techno-speedy world, we have to learn how to mindfully surf through all the information the internet holds. One of the ways I have been mastering my time on the internet is to apply basic yoga practices.
What! How the heck do you apply yoga to surfing the web? Well, hang loose and grab your yoga mat. Let’s discover how to become more mindful in our everyday life, even in our time on the computer and Internet
Yoga Surf Master Practices:
Find a spot and focus on it
Once you are on your web surf board, there will be many sites and messages calling your name. Be the master of your wave by knowing that you have choices. You can be more mindful of where your surf board takes you today.
Move with your breath
Set a time limit. Or, carve out a certain time of day for your Internet and computing tasks. Stop before you run out of steam.
Go at your own pace
Before you open your computer, make a list. Write down each task you want to accomplish in your computer time. And, before you close your computer, let go of the tasks not completed. You have accomplished exactly what you set out to do today. The rest can wait.
Listen to your body
Get up and take a break from the screen before your bum and fingertips start to fall asleep. Do a stretch or two.
Remember to drink plenty of water
The computer is a tool, not a refreshment. Find other ways to nourish yourself.
It’s sometimes the smallest choices in our every day life that make a big difference. Choices can begin with a question we ask ourselves. Try some of these questions the next time you open your Internet browser or computer.
Questions to Stimulate Mindful Web Surfing:
- Is web surfing what I most want to be doing right now?
- What do I want to accomplish on the computer?
- How long do/can I be on the computer?
- Am I looking for new information on this topic?
- Is there anything I am avoiding right now by surfing the web?
Discover which questions and practices work best for you. You are one step closer to finding more balance in your every day life. Determine to stand up to the waves you are surfing on. Don’t be caught in the undercurrent of mindless surfing.
Please share what helps you master the wave of internet information and tasks.
Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared on The Daily Brainstorm
Photo Credit: “Balance” by Canon in 2D