The Habit Project-Week 1
So the Internet? ZOMG, I love the Internet. Really. I’ve loved the Internet since I first got my hot little hands on it. It was at my friend’s house. We did horrible things in chat rooms that may or may not have resulted in an illicit phone call and lots of giggling.
Good things come from the Internet. Big Daddy and the resulting plethora of girlies. Friends. Shopping. Entertainment. Groceries. If left to my own devices, I could probably surf the Internet all day. My favorite is when you get sucked into this worm hole of links where you keep clicking and keep finding things and being inspired. It’s like…nearly spiritual.
But, I have three little kids and a dog and two cats and a husband and a house and interests and pursuits that exist outside of the Internet and that, my friend, begins to create a problem. THere is so much I need to do and so much I want to do and I SUCK at finding a balance between casual use of the Internet and OVERuse of the Internet.
In honesty, I do use the Internet for a lot of legitimate things. I chat with Big Daddy while he’s at work and keep him apprised on the girls’ day. I connect with friends. I use it to menu plan. I use it for inspiration. I use it to blog, which I consider a creative outlet. I really do use it for good, but after Bejeweled Blitz congratulates you on your ninety-seventh game in a row…well….you’re not using it for good anymore.
When I started thinking about the Habit Project, the first thign I knew I needed to tackle was my Internet….well…addiction. Let’s call it what it is. It’s the one biggest thing standing between where I am now and where I want to be. THe problem is, how to handle the situation. How do I scale back without completely shutting off (something I’m not willing or able to do) an how do I enforce whatever limits I set for myself?
I decided that I needed to lay out some ground rules.
1) The computer can be on and plugged in and up, but must remain at the kitchen table between the hours of 8 and 8. I don’t like sitting there as much as I do in my big, squishy arm chair so I will spend less time on it by default
2) I may use the Internet as much as I like before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m so long as I’ve met my obligations that must happen prior to 8 and after 8. For instance, I need to make sure I’ve exercised before I take my Internet time. I’m guilty of letting Baby Bee sleep on my lap while I surf at night, so her bedtime needs to be dealt with before I take my Internet time. That will give me time to write blog posts, catch up on facebook, check my mom’s group, shop, menu plan, be inspired, etc.
I’m hoping that at the end of my 21 days I’ve managed to strip away the activities that I do out of boredom and only keep the Internet activities that are meaningful to me (blogging, reading blogs, social networking, moms group, chatting with Big Daddy).
Honestly, this really stand to be the mot difficult of my 15 selected habits, but its success is critical to the other 14.