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Cutting back on computer time

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Once again I'm finding myself sucked into the computer for far too many hours. This year I want to read more books and do more crafts, not just stare at this screen all evening. It's a real time-sink for me, and I have to get away from that.

The problem is that when being on the computer is also your livelihood, it's really easy to let the hours of work and the hours of checking social media kind of mush together. I am probably going to have to actually shut off the social meda sites for certain hours of the day in order to get myself away from the computer in a timely fashion.

Today, I have very little work and lots of stuff to do around the house: take down the tree, put together the exercise bike, get the snow blown so I can go pick up my CSA. So I'm running through my Spark time now, then getting busy.
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    I hear you loud and clear! I also want t0 get back to the basics and let go of computer time a bit. I wish all the best on your goals! emoticon
    1563 days ago
    I have been limiting my spark time and facebook time as well. its the only way I can accomplish anything around here. we got rid of our tv a few years ago. well, we can watch Netflix, but we get no actual tv stations. that was a great move for us and we don't miss it one bit!
    1563 days ago
    emoticon emoticon chris
    1568 days ago
    Good idea and I so can relate I love that my lap top has a two hour battery and most of the time when I get on it the battery is only half charged which leaves me an hour then I shut it and pick up a magazine or do something that needs to be done.. I think in the winter it is so easy to sit here and type away but for me it is better then going into the kitchen.. I guess with anything I do I got to try to find that common ground.. LOL
    keep up the good work ..
    1570 days ago
    Social media can be a magnet for so many. For me, I've never gotten into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so many others. Sparkpeople is really the only social media I have. Balance in everything though and it can be a challenge. So, I hope you get a good book read and squeeze in some crafts.

    1570 days ago
    I know how you feel. I've cut back myself. Love the background. Vincent's blue period...starry night....Is that how your life is feeling....swirling around you? Ha...Every day I wonder whether I should continue with SP or not...I'm doing great weight wise...but my spark just isn't there. Anyway...do what you need to do... emoticon
    1570 days ago
    I hear you. While I love social media, including Sparking, it is a time trap. Everything in moderation!
    1570 days ago
    Just keep sparkin'!!
    1570 days ago
    I feel the same way. I want to read more, get more done----but the computer sort of sucks me in. And, as you said, the worst is that I work on the computer all day, so when I come home and I have to finish up things at home---ugh. I'm thinking about quitting social media all together, but I keep in touch with family this way.
    1570 days ago
    I don't mind using social media. The Hubster and I don't own a TV and haven't for the 26 years we are together. If we want to see a show or movie, we watch Netflix or Google Play and it isn't that often. Since I don't spend the time on TV, I don't mind losing an hour in front of the computer. I've lived in so many different parts of the US and Facebook and twitter help me stay in touch with many friends that we've made over the years.

    Of course, when I get busy my personal email and SparkPeople are the first casualties. My personal email gets the boot because it just does. SpearkPeople gets the boot because I value my friendships here so much that I won't short change them. I'd rather be absent for a couple of weeks and then spend a Saturday catching up than to skim everyone's responses. You guys are like family to me.
    1571 days ago
    I know how you feel.
    1571 days ago
    Yes, that old computer has magnets, doesn't it. emoticon
    1571 days ago
    That's great...save time for sparking, though!
    1571 days ago
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