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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Too much computer time?

Well, it's almost 4:00 in the morning and I can't fall asleep.  I hate nights like this!  Part of it is hormones, I'm sure, but part of it is that my thoughts are just racing.  I've been crocheting for about an hour trying to clear my mind but it isn't working.  I'm just thinking more, lol!

One thing I'm realizing is that I spend way too much time on this computer!  It always starts innocently enough.  I think I'll just check my email, especially the Central Ohio Binky Patrol one that my volunteers send emails to.  But then next thing I know I'm researching books to read on Amazon, looking at patterns I want to try on Ravelry, catching up on the mail from all the Yahoo Groups I belong to, reading other people's blogs, or worse yet playing a crazy game like Frontierville on Facebook!

Now don't get me wrong, all of those things are perfectly fine.  There isn't anything wrong with any of moderation!  My problem comes with the moderation part.  I've never been very self disciplined and it makes me very frustrated with myself.  I really want to change this.  I think it would be good if I could limit myself to a set amount of time each day on the computer, or maybe a specific amount of times I can check my email, or something.  Of course, the issue comes in actually making myself stick with it.

There are so many other things I should be doing instead of playing on the computer.  I have at least 25 quilting projects that are in need of completion.  Plus, now that I've gotten so crazy about knitting & crochet, I've got lots of those types of projects that need attention as well.  Not to mention all the books I want to read!  And those are just my hobbies that I'd like to spend more time doing.  There are, of course, all the chores that need to be done around the house.  And as much as I hate to admit it, I'm usually behind somewhat on paper work for the charity and should give it more attention as well.  But yet most days I find myself spending a huge amount of time just playing on here!!

So, anyone else have this problem?  Do any of you feel like you spend way too much time on the computer or internet?  How do you discipline yourselves?  Do you put limits on yourself?  I'd love to hear what you all think about this topic!!



Shelly said...

Will keep this message short to see if it goes thru as I haven't done this before....Shelly

Shelly said...

Lisa, I usually don't get on the computer during the daytime during the week. I use that time for sewing and quilting and chores etc. by the time eve comes I get on the computer for my entertainment and a reward for the days work. One night after a storm and left with NO thought? what to do? Can't sew can't get on the computer can't watch TV, I was rather irritated...then thought I CAN knit, chrochet, read and then I thought of all the people lately who have suffered sooo much thru the tornado's and now when I have power I sew for them, I realize I can't sew for everyone hurting...but I can do what I can do, knowing that I am doing something for others , hoping to help a little bit, has blessed me in so many ways

Anonymous said...

Hi Lisa! I can relate...last night when I crawled into bed, I confessed to Bill that I am addicted to finding embroidery pattern websites, especially the ones that I can print out for little or nothing. I wonder if there's a 12 step program for us? lol I need to spend more time at the sewing machine or with needle and hoop than on the puter...let's face it...I have more embroidery patterns in my files to keep me busy for years...but it is oh so fun to search for more (sigh). Have a t-riffic week ahead! Sandy

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