Whew! Its Tuesday already?
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I am trying a new thing over here in the La Vida Dulce household and, so far, its working. The only problem is that it has cut into my computer time.
You see, several weeks ago I thought the answer to the self-discipline of limiting computer time, was to relegate my usage to the afternoon, from 2:30-4:30 to be exact.
Well, that didn't exactly fly. Because I would get tripped up by email, which would lead to an Internet search, which would send me to a really great blog. Which reminded me to check my blog roll, and somebody had a really good recipe, so I had to check that out too.
So my morning routine became a session in adult-onset ADD, brought on by computer technology, and great people like you.
And to make things that much worse, some of you know that I get up at a really awful time of morning, for the purpose of reading the bible while drinking piping hot coffee. However, I would get up at 5:15am, trudge bleary eyed to the coffee pot, grab a mug and sit (for just a second) to check the mail, (just so that I could wake up a little).
Two hours later, I was not refreshed for the day, but irritated that my day was now all "off."
This was causing a lot of anxiety as I tried to get a thousand things done frantically, that could have been done well, had I used my time wisely. Including writing and reading the blogs.
So I am unplugging, until I can get the first-things-first, finished. I am turning off the computer until I have what I need to accomplish for the day crossed off the list. Then I can check email and come out to play.
Until then, I'm grounded.
The good news?
If the work is done at 10 am! Alleluia!
If it doesn't get done (like yesterday) until 4:00p, well...life goes on.
I don't like to miss the party. But, I don't like feeling out of control either.
Some of you may read this and think, "What is her problem? Just turn the computer off and get on with your day."
I've noticed that once I get into the habit of allowing myself to become distracted in one area of life it leads to distraction in others.
I am noticing that self-discipline is no respecter of persons.
Just because you have been self-disciplined in the past, doesn't mean it will come easy in the future.
I was emailing a friend of mine on this subject, and came to the conclusion that self-discipline actually feels harder the older I get, which makes me desire to take hold of what I can now, lest I get so out of self-discipline shape, I forget how to flex that muscle!
I really love blogging. I don't think I have to give it up. Nor would I want to. But I have to think of blogging as a party. (I love parties!) A really good party, that is going on all. the. time. I just need to remember that life isn't all about parties.
Sometimes you have to go home and rest awhile.
And do some laundry.
So that is my plan: To turn off the computer until I have time to play!
Check out what others are learning at Musing of a Housewife.
(Oh, just one more thing....the door on my nest/office/sewing room is finally painted and hung! I hope to post pictures to show you tomorrow!)