Taking a moment out to participate in another NaBloPoMo challenge! As the days, months and years progress in life I have become a very plugged-in person. For a while I was so incredibly plugged in that I spent more time checking into locations, movies, writing reviews on the different businesses we visited then actually enjoying the people and experiences around me.
Working from home 8 hours a day 5 to 6 days a week obviously didn’t help either. Then when I got off work did I actually turn it all off and go off the grid? Nope instead I would dive deeper because it was “my” time vs work’s time to play on Facebook or read the newest blog posts.
Now I’m happy to say I went from being plugged in on average of no less than 18 hours a day to an average 8 to 10 depending on if I’m working or spending time after bedtime to come right over here.
The key to it all I have learned is balance and scheduling my time. No longer do I get off work and continue to sit in my little spot on the floor for 5 hours surfing the net. Nope I get off, shut down and take care of the family. I do not come back on until after they kids go to bed unless it’s absolutely necessary.
On my days off of work, I come on in the mornings after the oldest leave for school for a couple of hours. That’s the little kids and I’s time to enjoy snuggle time while living it up in our pj’s before we take on the day.
And Sundays are 100% off the grid no blogging, no working, with a occasional Facebooking when the little ones are napping or I am sitting in the truck waiting on the hubs to make it back to me from the store. That I don’t count really because trying to keep up on everyone off your phone doesn’t really take all my attention.
In the grand scheme of things, I know my time is still huge, but it’s an major improvement. I stopped checking in everyone on 4square or Facebook, Yelping my love or hatred was cut down too. Limiting my time down has made me realize I do miss out on a lot while I’m too busy checking my phone or Mac to see what the newest notification ding is about.