About a week ago I finally admitted to myself that I have been spending too much time on the computer. Ever since Travis and I bought our laptop about a year and a half ago, Internet access has been just a little too… accessible. Prior to that purchase, our only computer sat in our upstairs bedroom where it was out of sight, out of mind, and out of reach; and my time in front of it was pretty much limited to when the kids were sleeping.
The handy dandy laptop, though, has been a different story. It sits on the breakfast bar in the kitchen, the hub of our home; and it has beckoned me to check my email, Facebook, etc., every time I walk by it. What I didn’t recognize until recently is that too much of my day was getting clicked and typed away two minutes at a time. Indeed, the checking of my email inbox and other favorite websites has become nothing more than a time-consuming habit–a habit I am attempting to break.
For about a week now, I have been very purposeful about avoiding unnecessary glances at the computer. In fact, knowing my weakness for over-using the laptop, I have been keeping it either off or closed as a reminder to stay busy with other things. Instead of checking email and other sites all throughout the day, I have been utilizing the upstairs computer for a first-morning check and then not looking again until midday when the kids are napping and again in the evening when they are in bed.
I must admit, I have been amazed at how much more I’ve been able to accomplish–and at how much more I’ve been motivated to accomplish–since I’ve removed from myself the easy accessibility of the Internet. I feel like I’ve been freed from a bondage that I didn’t even know I was under!
My desire is that I would please God and my family in the way that I spend my time. I pray that I will be able to strike a balance as I seek to stay connected to the world while not disconnected from my home.