i had intended for my media cleanse to last a full week, but when josh suggested yesterday evening (over the phone) that perhaps 5 pm on a friday would make a good ending point, i thought about it for 0.03 seconds and then:
yeah, well. it was
what did i get out of the experience?
■ i can (and should) control the flow of my email. by checking 2 (sometimes 3) times daily, i missed out on nothing yet cut down significantly on interruptions. i was able to work better, and -- bonus -- it was more enjoyable when i actually did check, because there was more likely to be something fun in there (like a comment from you, perhaps!)
■ reading is fun. and reading NOT on a screen is relaxing and different. it is a calmer, less overstimulated experience than flitting from site to site on the internet. i would like to do more of it. i even went to the library yesterday!
■ i'm better off treating google reader like a buffet. meaning: one day i might just nibble from the cheese tray, another night i might want a more substantial meal, and sometimes i may just choose to dine elsewhere. eating the WHOLE buffet every night = bad idea.
■ watch the clock. i want to continue to be conscious of the time i spend online! writing a blog post is one thing (my GOD i spend forever doing this -- longer than i thought), but otherwise i would like to be more moderate in general in my media consumption.
anyone else going to undertake a similar challenge? if so, you'll have to let me know how it goes!
168 hours, continued
i loved reading your thoughts on the book and your comments on yesterday's post.
jenny: i love reading about your experiences because you seem to be someone who truly DOES have an amazing balance. and you make it sound so doable! i am not completely against a second shift at night; i guess i just don't want to feel like it's something i always have to do.
chelsea and siobhan: okay, perhaps you have a point about the vacuuming with a baby underfoot. i guess i just felt that her position on outsourcing was extreme. wash and fold laundry, online groceries, and pre-fab meals? then again, until i've personally experienced grocery shopping with 2 kids in tow, maybe i should keep my mouth shut.
valerie and khar: ahh, yes! my blood boiled at the suggestion to not waste time packing your child's lunch. you mentioned fed up with lunch, which i have seen -- and i guess maybe she hasn't! perhaps her children attend a (private?) school where the standards are higher, but honestly, i can't imagine not packing my children's lunches someday.
finally, while we're on the subject of work-life balance (seems to be the theme this week, huh?), i found the recent ny times article on what it is like for mothers in france very interesting. i think it would be great if they continued the series with experiences in other countries, such as scandinavia, japan, india, etc . . .
off to kentucky
and offline. have a wonderful weekend!
workout: 6 miles (paces 8:41 - 9:13/mi on the TM, 0.5% incline) + 10 minutes upper body weights (yeah, i know 10 is pretty paltry.)
board prep: we've pretty much reached the end! i will bring my flashcards and do a bit of review of 'visual' things (look @ pictures) but my studying is pretty much over. can't wait until i can say the test is behind me!