Thursday, July 2, 2009

A Week Without the Computer

Last week, as part of working through the Artist's Way, I decided to go without the computer. Actually I didn't go completely without, I limited myself to 30 minutes a day. I did it because I feel that it can be a big time waster. It's so easy to lose track of time surfing the internet. It was both easy and difficult. Here are my learnings:

  • I often use the computer to procrastinate. It helps me avoid what really needs to be done.

  • I am able to get most of my critical computer tasks done in a much shorter time than I thought.

  • The world won't end if I don't open up all my email. I really don't need to look at all of those travel deals or store coupons. A lot of things I deleted without opening (don't worry - I didn't delete any from my friends and colleagues, mostly just marketing or group emails).

  • By limiting my time on the computer, I was forced to spend time in my studio, working on other things. (I didn't fall into the trap of substituting the television or some other non-productive activity for my computer time.)

So, what did I do with my time? I actually got a lot done.

  • I finished 2 projects that had been sitting in my studio for the past 6 months.

  • I organized the stacks of papers and set up a filing system.

  • I spent a day in the studio experimenting with new techniques.

  • I indulged myself by eating breakfast and reading the morning paper on my front porch swing.

  • I made a jingly toy for my cat.

  • I mailed out two gifts that have been patiently waiting since last fall.

How will this change the way I use the computer in the future? I hope I will be more aware of the time I spend on the computer. I hope that I continue to limit the time wasters. And finally, I hope it will remind me to act with intention - asking "Is this really how I want to spend my time?"

1 comment:

  1. Good for you! I'm impressed and wonder if you are doing this routinely now?



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