Day 15 was an interesting exercise. Give up TV or non-work related Internet use for 24 hours. I am not a habitual TV watcher. Yes, I do have shows I like but I will catch up with them on Hulu or Netflix (thanks cousin). However, I do spend an inordinate amount of time on the Internet. I sometimes rationalize this by saying I am researching something or reading the news but if I have Facebook (FB) or Twitter open, it’s more likely that the research or news reading will take twice as long. And if I start perusing all the blogs I follow, well, 3 hours will disappear in a flash! So for this exercise I decided to do limit my Internet usage and not use TV as my break time (HGTV will be there the next day).
I started the day off with a little speed bump. I neglected to turn the FB notifications off on my phone. I didn’t realize how much of a temptation that would be to check every little update. So one of the first things I did upon waking was turn FB notifications off. Then I contemplated turning the Twitter one off too but I only get notifications when some one includes me in a Tweet so I left that one alone. Upon turning on my computer, I resisted the urge to open FB or Twitter or to check any blogs for updates. Instead, I went to work. I logged into my professional Gmail account from which I applied for a few jobs and left a message for the storage place that is holding all the pieces of my San Diego apartment.Then I got on the phone and stayed in the call queue to the NYS Department of Labor for 40 plus minutes. Finally, I got to talk to a human being and they will release my funds (tentative excitement because I might need to call again). Then I helped my aunt clean and cook for my cousin’s surprise birthday party. At the end of the day I was so tired. Probably because I had only one meal the whole day. I have to do better about the eating. The lack of a structured day makes it hard to stay consistent about meal times. The only major slippage I had for the day was watching BBC’s Wildlife Special with David Attenborough while I was prepping and cooking. Well, it was more like listen. I supposed I could have listened to music instead but I like the nature shows and they are soothing to have in the background. I will watch/listen to these particular shows again. Mr. Attenborough can read the phone book and make it sound interesting.
All in all it has been a productive day. I will endeavor to make tomorrow even more productive. Everyday list making is helpful in getting things done (I need to do better about getting the list out of my head and down on paper). I made some headway into “Climate Change in Prehistory: The End of the Reign of Chaos” by William J. Burroughs, my educational reading choice of the moment. As this work is more scholarly that the last book I read on climate change, “Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature and Climate Change,” by Elizabeth K, it’s taking me longer to read and understand all including the charts and graphs through out. I hope in time as my brain shifts into scholarly mode I will be able to read and understand these types of books more quickly.
Happy Black Woman, Rosetta asks the question, was it difficult to go without the boob tube (or playing around on the internetz) for a whole day? What did you do instead?
It wasn’t difficult to to give up the boob tube, I don’t watch too much of it. But I was very trying to use the Internet for only productive things. I realized in the last few months of not working I have spent many working hours “playing” on the Internet and not being productive. I am committed to doing better, even if it means setting a timer for Internet fun time and sticking to it. I have a friend who would set a timer for FB and when it goes off, she closes the FB page. Another friend removed the FB App off from her phone. I may have to consider their methods to not waste time.
What methods do you use to ensure that you are not wasting time on the Internet or some other time stealing activity?