going on a media diet
so many blogs, so little time . . .
all right, i love the blogging community, i really do. but as nerdy as it is to admit, lately i have been spending way too much time keeping up with my google reader while the rest of life sort of languishes on the sidelines.
back to the food analogy: if blog entries were cookies, i'd be morbidly obese by this point! while i do have more free time on this rotation, i also have a lot of projects that i had put off until i had more free time. i really need to clean up my act and take advantage of that! starting today.
media food pyramid, from wired magazine -- click to enlarge. and apparently 9 hours is the actual amount of time an average american is in front of a screen . . . check out this rather horrifying NYtimes article on YOUR screen for more details!
so starting today, i'm going on a media diet (vickie, this is similar to one of our shopping manifestos, only hopefully more effective). starting today, my "media meal plan" will consist of
■ just 30 minutes of internet-perusing time on weekdays, in the AM only
■ no trashy TV after work (we have no TV, but . . . i watch online!) until i've accomplished at least something on my list
i plan to spend the time i save on both work and play: catching up on some longer-term work projects, reading more in the form of an actual BOOK, and just generally enjoying life away from my macbook.
i will report back on my progress (i don't plan on cutting back on my blog-writing time, after all)! anyone who wants to join me is welcome, of course. i am probably not the only one a little too attached to my precious media . . .
(by the way, i didn't come up with the media diet concept, or the term -- i think i got it from the productivity site 43 folders several years ago!)
thank you all for a collection of great tips yesterday! to summarize, here are some of your helpful hints:
☑ pack lunch the night before (many of you!)
☑ set up the coffeemaker the night before (live, love, eat + play)
☑ laying out clothes + setting out all electronic devices (crgilvr)
☑ avoid turning on the computer (marathon maiden) -- this would surely help, but MM, how would i post?
☑ get up 5 minutes or so earlier (kim)
☑ run after work instead (cee)
☑ not stress about it until actually late (atilla)
☑ organize kids' stuff ahead of time! (siobhan and krista, who really put me into place and gave me some perspective -- i imagine it must be 9,999,999 times harder to get out the door on time when there are babies/kids involved!)
i will definitely be using some of your tips, so thanks so much for sharing your insights and experiences! i also think that just by paying more attention to the issue, i am likely to improve. yesterday i actually got to clinic at 8:00 . . . on the dot! it was a much more pleasant start to my day, even if clinic itself was a bit of a cluster.
already? really!?? time is flying on this rotation. i guess that's because i really like it.
workout: 5 miles easy, average pace 8:49/mi
doin' time: nada, leftovers night!
reading: nada, but let me tell you, i cleaned out my google reader. which is why my media diet is quite a good idea right now.