Wednesday, January 23, 2008


So, I am finding that I spend a lot of time on this seat, looking at the computer. Reading, commenting, posting, etc. I am not a very good manager of my time. I also notice that some very busy moms still manage to write posts that aren't all fluffy in content. Posts that have something to them. How do all of you manage your blogging time? As I type this, I should be organizing the kids room, or taking a shower, or organizing the room I'm sitting in. Yet here I am, wasting more time reading and trying to escape what I really need to do. What is your secret to productive blogging time AND productive home/kids/husband/family/whatever time. I would love to hear what you do.


Shelah said...

After my butt starts to fall asleep, I force myself to physically turn off the computer and not come back for 90 minutes. Today I worked really hard and got my whole house cleaned in just about that time period.

But some days it doesn't work and my butt stays glued to the chair.

Steve-o said...

I don't have a husband or kids, but some thoughts:

You sound addicted. Your symptoms sound familiar because I've had them too. My addiction was internet bulletin boards. I used to check them all day, every day...waiting for new posts/threads and what someone was going to say next. I decided it was keeping me from doing lots of other things--reading books, focusing on movies/TV when I watched them, going out, etc...So one day, I just stopped cold turkey. It was hard at first, but I got used to it. I didn't allow myself to check the boards again for over six months.

Obviously you're not going to stop reading blogs or writing them, and I don't think you should. It's good to know how to write and it's great that you enjoy it--so few people do. However, since you enjoy it so much, what if you make it a reward for yourself? For example, you could make a daily list for yourself, and then after you check off a task or two, then you could reward yourself with some blog time?

You could also list out all the other things you'd like to be doing if you didn't spend time on the computer, and then do one of those things each day before turning the computer on.

Another option is, of course, to just turn the computer off. I do this every once in a while and I feel like a lot less of a zombie/deadbeat husband when I interact with the wife.

Personally, I just started another bulletin board hiatus. I was getting addicted again.

Jen said...

I'm learning that its all about balance. I'm also learning that my creativity comes in bursts, and I don't have to blog every day if I'm not having creative insight every day. So I'm cutting back on the "fluff" posts and trying to say something only when I really have something valid to say.

athena said...

i'm trying to cut back on the fluff stuff too. which is why i'm not posting and commenting as much as i usually do.

J.Ammon said...

I don't manage my time or post nearly as much as I should,so can't help ya there Terina!