Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WFMW - Limiting Computer Time for EVERYONE

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We've gotten into a terrible habit.  We spend far too much time on the computer.  True that some of it is the standard checking email and reading some favorite websites' articles.  But then sometimes we are just sitting there so we find something else to look at.  No real purpose. Just out of pure boredom.

And frankly, I'm tired of it.

I'm tired of not spending more time being intentional about things. Not spending more time together as a family. Not spending time catching up on projects. Not spending time on quality tasks. 

Last night Chip and I were talking and decided that it seems silly that we limit how much time Patrick is allowed to play video games or play on the computer but those rules don't seem to apply to him or me.

So we are making an intentional change. 

Chip has limited himself to "during Abigail's naptime" to do his internet browsing. And I have asked for 15 minutes at the end of the day to check email and catch up (quickly) on Facebook.  I do get a little bit of time that I can hop on at work (like during lunch or breaks) to read up on my favorite websites and blogs and spit out a quick post for this blog, so I don't want as much time at home.

Additionally, we have given ourselves a bedtime of 11:00.  This way there is no going to bed late because we were wrapped up in some mind-numbing form of entertainment and end up feeling lousy the next day.  And we will be spending the rest of the time with our little ones who will be grown up way too fast soon.

We are making a change for ourselves to better our quality of life. We don't want our children's memories of us to be the backs of our heads while we are staring at a computer monitor.

What about you?  What are you changing to make your life better lived?

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