- 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?"