I am approaching December a little differently this year. Just like a lot of people, I have started to make a list of things I would like to do beginning January 1st, 2014, and they include some of the normal yearly goals or resolutions. Although for the last few years I have changed the whole way I look at New Years Resolutions by using the My One Word concept my church and pastor go through every year (more on that in the next week or so), I still choose some goals to try to accomplish.

What I have found though is that there are way too many distractions throughout my day that keep me from focusing on the things I am trying to change in my life. Changes such as:

  1. Bible Reading Plan
  2. Writing on this Blog
  3. Date Nights
  4. Working Out
  5. Running/Training

And the distractions that I am finding are due to my addiction and constant desire to check in with the social media systems that follow me everywhere I go. I am addicted to my iPhone & laptop.  There, I said it. I finally stated what I believe others are thinking and it’s entirely my fault…


…minus email & phone calls. Today’s work culture in all fields have this sense that we should always be available to chat, respond, decide & discuss 24/7. That cursed Mailbox app I have keeps me checking it all the time. And this is on both sides of the coin, because I too email out at night and text co-workers.  Now back to the original thought…

Now there are a million reasons why I don’t find the time to work out or find time to read the Bible at night, but I know one thing that keeps grabbing my attention from the time I wake in the morning to the moment I fall asleep. And that attention hog is the way I – Mike Paschal – use social media & the internet. I usually wake up and reach for my phone to see what I missed on Twitter during the night instead of reaching for my wife. And at night Kirsten usually falls asleep  to the glow from my iPhone/iPad/laptop lighting up the room. And I think it’s time for me personally to do some things to change that.

So now my iPhone screen looks a little different compared to just last week when I wrote about the apps I am currently/was using. The apps that are on my home screen now are specifically to help me reach my goals. Every time I look at my phone I see specific goals staring right at me.

So beginning today I have deleted the following apps and will not be logging onto them for some time from anywhere:

  1. Facebook
  2. Instagram (replaced w/Pressgram for a reason)
  3. Flipboard

I have changed my home screen to hold the following apps:


  1. Fantasticial
  2. RunKeeper (for goal reaching)
  3. MyFitnessPal (for goal reaching)
  4. Camera
  5. Day One (for goal reaching)
  6. ByWord (for goal reaching)
  7. Bible (for goal reaching)
  8. Safari

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  1. Settings
  2. Reeder (for goal reaching)
  3. Group Me
  4. Reminders
  5. Phone
  6. Messages
  7. Evernote (for goal reaching)
  8. Rdio


And the reason for all of this is to experiment with getting back to creating content and giving back to the community. I hope my writing helps others. I know my bible reading will help my walk with Jesus and my relationship with my incredible wife. I hope the running will better my health so I can spend time with my wife and kids until a very old age. My hope is I start giving to others instead of just consuming a massive amount of here today and gone tomorrow knowledge.

Now how about you? I know some of you reading this are addicted to social media. And I know you have read other posts like this. Did any of this change the way you have been thinking? If so, I would love to hear about it below! Maybe we can challenge each other through December.