We are living in a new digital age where literally half of our lives are on social media. This digital revolution can either be your biggest enemy or a God’s gift, depending on how you use the Internet. That’s why, if you are over the age of 21, and you own a laptop, or you own a phone, you need to know how to leverage these tips that I’m going to go over today, on how to use the Internet to improve your life, so that it doesn’t destroy your life.
Remember there’s a world outside of your phone
You, me, and everybody else, only have 24 hours in a day. Our time is limited, so you don’t want to spend all of your time on Facetime, Instagram and Twitter. It is so easy to get addicted to our social media lives and completely forget about our real lives. You need to pull yourself out and remember that you can use the Internet for good. I mean, who cares what Diyana wore to her son’s birthday party? You don’t even know who Diyana is!
Use the Internet to learn and explore
The Internet is a great tool, if and only if you use it properly, so why not use the Internet to learn? If at least 50% of what you are doing on the Internet doesn’t help you learn, and doesn’t help you earn, you are wasting your Internet.
I know what you’re thinking. You went to school, you got a good degree, and you got a high paying job. So now that you got all your boxes checked, why do you need to keep learning? Well, the truth is if you want to take your life to the next level, you’re going to need to continue learning. And there are so many free resources on the Internet to learn.
Reflect upon how you want to live your life
Generally speaking, people who retire early, die early. When most people retire, they go from working 40, 50, 60, hours a week to zero, and then you’re spending all of your time sitting there on your sofa, watching TV and Netflix. It will make you miserable, no matter how many times you watch ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S.’ beginning to end.
But the Internet is one of the biggest gifts you could ask for when it comes to retiring. If you are reading this article, congratulations! You know how to navigate your way around the Internet. You want to find a way to blend what you enjoy doing with the Internet with something that’s constructive for your mind and your future. In this way, you have a purpose and a reason to get out of your bed, each and every morning, even when you’re retired.
Build a community over the Internet
Start a blog, a YouTube channel, a podcast, an online community, an online store, or something in between. Start building something on the side today. This way, when you are ready to slow down from your regular job, you’ll have something to do, and maybe this thing will even help fund your retirement. Who knows? Maybe this thing will take off sooner than you think, and then you’ll be able to start living your retirement life a few decades earlier.
Improve your life
The Internet is an equalizer. Whether you are born rich or poor, you have an equal opportunity to succeed, because of the Internet. Want to make more money? Get on the Internet. Want to be a singer, an entrepreneur, an actor, a food critic, or whatever? All these things were so hard for the average person to do 20 years ago, but now with the Internet, anybody with a phone can do it.
Put it away and enjoy the fresh air
Let me let you in on a little secret. I can’t stand social media! Yes, you read that right! This might come out as shocking news as I’m a digital marketing specialist actually, but the truth is, I don’t really admire people who live their life on Facebook, or upload photos of every little bit about their daily lifestyle on Instagram.
I barely touch my personal social media accounts, because I get a lot of peace by going somewhere and then just putting my phone in the car and going out and exploring and seeing things without getting a notification every 4 seconds. Now, that being said, my business is actually all over the Internet. I post articles, podcasts, animation videos, everything on the Internet. So as a businessperson, I am kind of all over the Internet. But as a person or an individual, I love being able to just put my phone down and smell the fresh air.