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2/22/13 3:12 A

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Jo, there have been days on the weekend where as you say 'the one thing that can suck an entire day from my grasp'. Trying to keep up and reply to the emails can take time. I need to reorganize my time, or not feel guilty because I did not reply to a post. One post leads to another, leads to another, leads to another and so one.

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2/21/13 3:20 P

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Internet... ah, yes, the way I keep in touch with just about everyone I know in this world, and the one thing that can suck an entire day from my grasp.

It doesn't help that I work in IT for a living.

When I'm at work, I'm on the computer all day. It's what I do. Between emails, researching online, and just getting electronic paperwork done, I find it hard to spend a lot of time just playing online. But when I'm home, it's one of 2 situations: can't leave the computer, or don't want to be near it at all. I try hard on the weekends and evenings to minimize my online time, especially since my husband passed away 4 months ago. I just don't have the time to spend online like I used to, and that's not even talking about housework. And these days, when I spend a little time playing an online game to unwind, like solitaire, I feel guilty for doing so. So I'm still stuck on the fence.

Jo

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2/20/13 1:58 P

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On another message board we were talking about this very thing; internet infringing on other activities. I am a reading and information junkie so researching and reading articles can eat up much of my day. Still, I have to purposely manage internet time. While opening email, I remind myself of what needs doing “today”. I know anal but I NEED a life away from the technology. *S*

I suffer from venous edema so it’s a great reminder that I need to “get up and move” every hour of sit down time. I also limit social media subscriptions; only Good Reads, Spark People and Pinterest. My emails are only craft subscriptions because I do TONS of crafting. I love collecting new ideas, designs. All my children are grown so rarely contact me, busy lives and all that (as it should be! *S*). Finally, I enjoy a lot of creative pursuits and having a dirty house intrudes on that process. *LOL* Do I sound like a stereotypical artist, or what? *LOL*

During the summer I have farming, gardening, building maintenance and repair, so morning computer time drops drastically. If I am not too tired I’ll log on before bedtime.

The most definitive condition for spending time on the internet, it has to be a positive experience. If it’s not, I quietly “walk” away. This criterion minimizes much of my online newspaper reading, message board participation, and social media experiences. Reason for this critical standard is I worked for start up companies my entire 30 plus year career; constant positive/negative drama, high stress, short deadlines and a very fast paced lifestyle. Today I’m 50 years old and due to health, had to slow down, lower my stressors, thus minimizing upsets. Confession time: ridding me of the Super Woman persona was HARD TO DO. *LOL*

In my retirement years, its all about having fun and fitting EVERYTHING I never had time to do years ago.



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2/20/13 2:22 A

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Yes, it can be very addictive

Sandra / Cara

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2/19/13 9:53 P

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It's a balancing act. I like to think I'm good at ignoring the internet if there are other things I want to do, but joining Spark is making me log on at least once a day, and usually twice. I'm more likely to skip housework if I'm doing some things outside. Then the house suffers. So Spark while good for me, is also taking up time on the computer.

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KELTIC-CARA's Photo KELTIC-CARA Posts: 4,179
2/19/13 3:05 P

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I was without the internet for the weekend and Monday and it felt very strange. Not being able to just log on when I wanted. My morning routine is out of whack. I did find that I was able to catch up with things around the house, washing, ironing, spring cleaned our bedroom and even managed to get some reading done. Which brings me to think how much I spend on the computer. How do you regulate computer time with housework and other commitments as well? Do you find that some things are missed because you spend too much time on one thing?

Sandra / Cara

'It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not' - Anonymous

'Don't let what you cannot do, interfere with what you CAN DO TODAY' - Wooden
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