One of the biggest ways I have cut my computer time is to make the weekends computer free with the exception of when I need to post a book review(which I write up during the week but then publish on Saturdays). I had found that I was wasting my Saturdays and Sunday afternoons reading blogs and not just the blogs I regularly visit! I was finding all sorts of great blogs out there, but in the process I was letting it consume all of my time.
Another way that I have reduced the amount of time spent on the computer is by staying off the internet in the mornings. I allow myself to publish any new comments on my posts and to check my Email, but nothing more. Last week I bent my own rules and allowed myself to read a blog post or two from some of my favorites in the morning, but it just led to me wanting to read one more, just one more(yeah, right!). So, this week I am sticking to the boundaries that I have set for my morning.
The sad part is that I was beginning to neglect the teaching I needed to do with my younger two boys. Both need me to guide them through their morning work. Both need help with reading certain portions. Both need help with their math, at times.
They need me and I need to be right there with them!
It is hard to admit, but I was really letting them down. They would ask for help and I would say, “just let me finish reading this” or “hold on I am leaving this lady a comment”. Now I park my rear at the table with them! I am focusing on them and their needs as their teacher and momma, instead of getting sucked into blog world. I love teaching. I always have and this week I am going to renew that joy.
So, here are my boundaries in list form:
- No blogging in the morning
- No blogging on weekends
- No blogging in the evenings
- Blogging for one hour during lunch break
- Blogging for one hour in the afternoons after school is finished (Two hours a day sounds like a lot, but since I have dial-up I do house work while I’m waiting for pages to load, so I’m not spending a total of 2 hours on the computer.)
What are some of the ways that you limit your blogging time?