Lately I've been trying to make sure that my time at the computer is productive and worthwhile. This gives me more time to spend with my family and enables me to actually follow through with some of great ideas that are splashed across the web. (Cause there really are some great ideas out there!)
This means that my computer sitting time needs to be specific and purposeful. How do I do this? I'll fill you in.
1. I keep a notepad on the counter or in my apron pocket. I jot down ideas, products, crafts or school activities I'd like to look up. If I suddenly remember that I never replied to that email from the other day, I scribble myself a note. This keeps me from running to the computer where I'm likely to get distracted.
2. When I do sit down at the computer, I look at the clock or set the timer. This keeps me focused.
3. I tell Jamie when I plan to be finished. (This happens mostly during the evening.) Knowing that he's waiting to visit or watch a movie helps me keep it brief.
4. I refer to my list and try to stay there. Have you ever skipped around merrily from site to site only to realize that you can't remember why you even sat down in the first place? A list is a great way to eliminate those sneaky rabbit trails.
5. I ask myself, "Is this the best use of my time right now?" Even if I don't have any pressing commitments or tasks at hand, and even if the children are occupied and don't really need me at that moment, would I be pleased to look back on my day and see that particular chunk of time taken up at the computer?
I've benefited greatly from keeping my computer time focused and intentional. I'm able to use it as a tool that enhances my home for good, from new recipes and fun crafts to creative decor and science experiments. In fact I'm eager to share some of them with you. But I'll save that rabbit trail for another day.
Have you found a helpful way to manage your computer time?
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