This past weekend, my husband (I'll call him Axel) ran downstairs and found me at the computer.
"Babe!" he says. "Mugga is so cute right now. She's playing in the curtains and I got some great pictures."
"Mmmhmm..." I reply.
I am working on a writing assignment/surfing the net. Much too busy to see what's going on in the rest of my house. Besides, its the weekend. Axel is home to help. Most of my time on the computer is spent with good intentions. I am a freelance writer, so I do a lot of work right here at this very desk.
Unfortunately, my attention span is quite short when it comes to staying on track at the computer. Especially when there is a sale at Banana Republic to check out online. Or dinner recipes to look up. Oh, and don't forget about all those great blogs to skim.
Later that day, Axel shows me the pictures. They look a little something like this:
It was a small happy moment that I chose to ignore. I missed out because -- like usual -- I am plugged into the computer. My time online is good. I research products I like. I get new ideas, I keep in touch with friends.
I realize my time online could be better. It might be best if I limit my internet use entirely.
This week I've decided to reform myself. I'm restricting my online use to 30 minutes a day. This will give me enough time to check my e-mail. Put a blog post in. Do a quick blog catch up. See what else I can do with my day.
I started these challenges to motivate myself to complete projects and become a better person. This week, I'm going to see what my off-line life has to offer.