I got to say I am addicted. I tried to find a support group online but this would mean I would still need to be online. Everytime I see my laptop, I turn it on. Check my email, surf, blog, tweet, blog hop, shop… then leave it for a bit. Just to go back to do the same things over and over again. I think I spend about 80% of my time in front of my laptop. I feel like I’m trapped if I don’t go online in a day.
The day usually ends with me feeling like I never accomplished anything at home besides the usual work hours, nursing/feeding/bathing/sleeping-with Jack Jack, dishwashing and if I’m lucky enough, cooking. I seriously needed to insert some cleaning, laundry and errand running into that. Not to mention I still need my ME-time and hubby time. Of course, without affecting my 6-hour per day sleep. Hmmm… that’s some major self realization…
I ain’t called lazy for nothing.
I think I should cut back on my online time. The sites I surf, check my email, blog, blog-hop, research, shop. Besides the 40 hour per week work, I should only have at least 4 more hours of online time. To write my blog and check emails. Why am I blogging about this? Because I feel like I’m spending too much time online. And I’m putting this onlineto remind myself always.
I did some research and I found the following helped me to cut back my online time:
- Use a timer. I once had a digital timer. I threw it away after it got underwater during the flash flood. I’m buying a new one for my kitchen. Anyways, an online timer might help you if you don’t plan on buying one. Set the timer to an hour for your internet time. When the hour’s up, it will give out a sound and you should stop being online, too. This is pretty hard but you should discipline yourself (or shoud I say myself?).
- Use Google Reader for blog hopping. Everytime there is an update on a blog, Google Reader would also be updated. First, create your Google Account if you haven’t one. Then go to reader.google.com. Just add a subscription to all the blogs you follow and you’re done. This way, you don’t need to go to each blog. It simply pops into that window and you’re reading. No update, no reading, no visiting.
- Minimize the number of times you check your email. Need I say more?
- Turn it off. When you’re done with what you need to do, turn the computer off. It is just one press of a button and I’m not kidding when I say I close my eyes when I do that – because there are still a number of tabs/windows open and I would see them if I don’t close my eyes. Once done with that half a second step, you’re offline. The temptation of going back in front of the computer would be lesser (because you would need to boot for about 2 minutes or so).
I’m definitely going to cut back on my internet time especially that I don’t have a housekeeper anymore and I’m planning on making it stay that way. Although we’re still looking for one, I’m not that persistent in doing so. I kind of miss being independent – like before.
Still, the best remedy I think is Jack Jack. He knows exactly where to push the power button. I don’t know who taught him that.