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Time away from the laptop

Lately I have been a bit strict with myself re the rather over use of my laptop especially in the evenings. It is just so easy to have part of your evening sucked away by it or one have half your eye on the real life part of your evening and half and eye on the laptop.

Don’t get me wrong here I don’t sit online but sometimes when you go on hootsuite you scan through the messages make a comment, hang back to see if they comment back. Look around some more, then click-through to read a blog post etc etc. They comment back so you do, you don’t want to look rude so you hang around that bit more. There you have it those few precious hours have disappeared.

Rosie Scribble wrote about switching her i-phone off at 8p.m this week. I am an old-fashioned girl and just use the laptop as I don’t own an i-phone though my phone is a smart phone I think (!) I wouldn’t allow it to access the internet of fear of it taking over my life. I mean your out on a dog walk or with friends and you can’t resist the temptation to check your messages etc. No I don’t think I want to go there, though obviously if you were planning to get me a i-phone for my birthday…..:-)

Oscar enjoys doing Lego Digital and my laptop is the one he does it on. So these days I happily pass the laptop over to him and actually don’t quite often look at it again until the morning.

Strangely I notice I have slept better perhaps coincidence or perhaps not.

Yesterday my fingers barely touched the keys for anything really. So a whole afternoon and evening was enjoyed at home without “I’ll just check this a sec!”.

It is just to easy to quickly check something then still be there 15-30 minutes later. Not allowing yourself to ‘just check’ means you have that extra time.

Before you ask, no I didn’t get lots of jobs done. The washing mountain had already been culled to a little hill and my baking cupboard with Kilner jars ready and waiting to transform it into a baking cupboard of loveliness didn’t happen either. I won’t tell you the rest of the jobs that need doing or your opinion of me might well change!!!
But I did make paper airplanes and fly them to dizzy heights as the wind took them. Played piggy in the middle, catch, tag rugby as you do. Chatted even more than usual. Headaches were mentioned I really don’t know why!!! Came up with a new and fab recipe for Nuttela and chocolate muffins which were super yummy and defied Paul Hollywood’s exact baking measurements! Will blog recipe later :-) Oh yes and I did find another pair of those missing socks. In the garden as you would, the sock monster obviously likes playing in the garden in socks then taking their off and leaving them there!!! Of course the list goes on but I don’t want to bore you! The point is all my focus was on just the here, now and the right in front of me and that was rather nice.
I am not a big fan of rules so I am not going to give myself any but just quickly checking something is either going to be quick or not at all. Do I need to check and if no then leave it for later!!! Of course I know you are going to catch me out but….

Are my fingers itching *twiddles hair, no!!!

Do you have minutes that turn into hours like me?




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  1. I agree I have been thinking much as I love blogging it’s taking up too much time and everytime I dip in it’s like a swirling vortex I emerge out of lots later than I planned. Sometimes that is fun but I think there is a real danger of it becoming too immersive. I’m debating my rules and also seriously thinking of losing my I phone if I can’t stick to my rules. It’s very hard once you’ve got one to step back so I would say don’t! Great post :)

    1. Ali says:

      So your saying your not buying me an i phone for my birthday then ;-) but all joking apart think with a phone it would be a whole lot worse. I have just popped back now very quickly, promise but yes time online whatever your doing seems to be a time sucking machine! xxx

  2. Kizzy says:

    Fab post! Glad you are doing better than me as although I had a day off I was still checking FB and Twitter, such habits are hard to stop!
    My goal for this week is to get my work organised and have a few hours off when I can!

    1. Ali says:

      Yes but as I was mid writing this post I did reply to a couple of your tweets, so maybe not doing that well!!! :-) I think for me lots of my information is on here the same for you so it can be hard. Closing it down so far seems to be doing the trick. A few hours off are worth loads xxx

  3. Jennifer says:

    I find that my evening seems so much longer when I don’t sit in front of the computer. Like you say, I load up Twitter and then maybe start a few conversations, then you have to wait and see if people are going to reply, then get easily distracted, and before you know it it’s time for bed. It’s so much worse with my smartphone, I just can’t stop myself constantly checking for new e-mails, or new blog posts in my Google Reader. I need to be much more strict with myself!

    One thing that I try to do is make a list during the day of things that I want to do on the computer in the evening e.g. sites that I want to check or blogs that I want to read/comment on, and then if I get those done at least I feel like I’ve achieved something!

    1. Ali says:

      That is a good idea re the lists but yes the time does seem to go so fast online. You sound like me and if you comment on twitter you sort of wait about a bit to reply back if they do so you don’t look unsociable. As for commenting on blogs I have this cloud that hangs over me as I just don’t have the free time to comment on as many as I would like, apart from the fact ‘Blogger’ hates me re comments and sometimes I comment then if refuses I then spend 3-4 minutes trying and trying again!!! It looks like we all need to be a bit stricter with ourselves. We will have to work together!!! Thanks for commenting :-)

  4. I’m not a fan of rules either – I tend to spend more time rebelling if I impose them! What I’ve learned works better for me is to focus on ‘better’ rather than ‘don’t’. So rather than tell myself I’m not allowed to, I focus on how much more I get done if I switch off and go do something wholeheartedly, and how much nicer it feels to log back on and find a lovely email/tweet/message waiting for me. That feels good, which is much more attractive than ‘don’t do that!’

    Oh and you might like this one too:

    1. Ali says:

      Hi Grace, yes I think rules are more likely to make me rebel:-) Last night I was reading something with Bex about thinking in the positves and not the negatives which also was a good read for me too! Will check out your link, thanks for that!

  5. Purplemum says:

    You are so right. I have an iPhone and I spend too much time just quickly checking blogs, twitter and waste of space book! I am inspired and will aspire to send more time playing with my children and less time staring at the screen. Thanks.

    1. Ali says:

      Oh I love the name waste of space book, fab. I call it something else though not suitable for here ;-) It is just too easy to get sucked in and lose time and that just quickly check thing is the worse. I given that one up :-) x

  6. kerry says:

    Fab post! I spend FAR too much time checking my smartphone… last thing I do before I go to sleep, first thing I do when I wake up… I forced myself to have a laptop free evening this week too.. and it really didnt make any difference to my blogging world! xx

    1. Ali says:

      It becomes slightly addictive doesn’t it? But cold turkey symptons go very quickly ;-) and yes the blogging and twitter world still are there for you after an evening away :-) Just shiny up my award to pass back to you after managing to comment on my blog!!! xxx

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