Yip, I’ve got the blogging blues.
I think it goes further than that…I’ve got the computer blues. For over a month, I haven’t wanted to be on the computer. Facebook has been getting less of my attention which I think is a good thing.
Blogging, I’ve wanted to come by and chat, but I haven’t felt like taking the time to get a post ready. Posting takes a while with writing, editing, taking pictures off of my camera which involves naming them, resizing them, and uploading them. Then there is making the Pinterest image and Facebook post image. It can take a while, especially when I squeeze it in between loads of laundry, cooking dinner, paying bills, etc.
But, it has been nice. I have been checking my inbox daily, deleting and even unsubscribing to a lot of lists that I was on. Unsubscribing has helped the deleting. I found I delete most of what comes into my inbox. There are a few newsletters that I open regularly and whose blogs I visit. I check Facebook a couple times a day, but I try not to get sucked in. I have most of my pages categorized into lists, so I check them, scrolling only a few page lengths and checking the groups that I am involved in such as the RC Group and a few reviewing teams I am participating in.
The good news about all this is that I am reading more. Yay! There are so many books that I want to read that sometimes I feel overwhelmed with them all. During December and into this month, I have already read 8 books. I am so stoked!
What is even better is that I am spending more time in prayer. I have been praying that the computer would become less desirable to the kids, but found that I needed to lead by example. I wrestled with it trying to justify that I am an adult and that the kids should not be questioning my time on the computer. Bills need to get paid, freebies need to be put up, Intermediate Language Lessons Teacher Guides need to be finished. What about all the research I do for health? Can’t forget the recipe I need for dinner or dessert. And the list can go on and on. I found I was making excuses. Really, I wasn’t managing my time very well. Sometimes I would find myself going between the mail tab and the Facebook tab to see what had changed since I was there a second ago. I realized I was wasting time, time that could be used more wisely and productively.
So, whenever I was tempted to sit in front of the computer, I would do something else, read, wipe the counters down, dust, anything but sit in front of the computer. And when I had to for some reason, I made an effort to get up as quick as possible once I finished my task. Before I would get side tracked and the task I sat down to do would not get done. I hated that!
Okay, I am babbling now. I am not sure how often my presence will be around these parts since I am not completely done with refocusing. I have come quite a way though, but I am not done yet.
Times up! Off to go read…or something. 🙂