I am typing this post from the public library, since last weeks lightening storm took out our phone, internet and fax. If it weren't for the cell phone on the kitchen table and the glass cook top in the kitchen, you'd think it were 1990 at my house. (If it were the nineties, I wouldn't know about or be tempted to watch "What Not To Wear".) I'm so glad that the distraction of the computer is gone for the time-being. I think this was a strike of inspiration, as I am sleeping better, our family has more of a routine and I am getting more tasks accomlished that have meaning and a physical return of enjoyment in either "scrum-diddley-umptious" or "ah-hah, that's how I do that" or "wow, I did that!"
I really think that I was/am addicted to the email and internet. It is so easy to get sucked in to hours of compelling, interesting, and add-to-my-to-do-list-of-cool-projects-I-see-on-my-Google-Reader, but I still feel unfulfilled when I finally pull myself away.
I was talking to another mom today. She, too, has some technology addictions, but I don't think she quite grasped them, as she tuck her Blackberry away to chat with me. We were talking about the internet and all the great stuff you can find on it and how distracting it can be. We talked about other distractions too. She said she took her t.v. out of her bedroom and is now sleeping so much better, even though she doesn't go to bed until 11pm or so each night. There are still two other t.v.'s in her house. After work, she enjoys surfing the net into the wee hours. (Who doesn't?) And her little son, who is immensely energetic, usally doesn't go to bed until then either. I commended for making improvements in her life and I tried to recognize the healthy habits that I am trying to instill in my life.
Is there more of a problem out there? Is there anyone else out there that feels distracted?