Experiment

So. I’ve been feeling rather irritated with myself lately, or just irritated in general, I can’t decide which. I find myself wasting a lot of time. It’s true that I have a lot of time with being home all day, no job, kids at school, and I can certainly afford to waste it. But I just don’t feel satisfied with that. I believe when I get in the habit of wasting a lot of time, that it sends me on a sluggish spiral down to Lazy Town. Then nothing gets accomplished. No book gets written, no good meals get planned or prepared, the dust starts to settle and cake up on the surfaces (metaphorically, mostly. Mostly.).

So I made an executive decision today and uninstalled Facebook from my phone. Because I’m pretty positive that’s what’s causing most of this. Not all, but a good portion of it. I also spend a lot of time reading books on my phone, but I’m not ready to call that “wasting time”. I love the books.

Here’s the issue with Facebook lately. My feed is 90% BORING. The other 10% contains thoughts and stories and updates from people I actually know. I know some people have decided to check out of Facebook altogether, but that 10% I would be missing is too important to me to give up. So rather than giving it up, I’m just going to limit my exposure to the section of the day when I intentionally sit down with my laptop to “work”. I have my alloted time every day to work: pay bills, plan meals, write, etc. and when I’m done working or need a break I can hop over to Facebook and catch up. So I’ll still be around, but it won’t consume my time or thoughts. In theory, of course, it’s only been 12 hours 😉

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2 thoughts on “Experiment”

  1. You are suffering from bored housewife syndrome. I made that up. After all if you don’t have a peer group of adults to talk to, you’re going to get bored. Humans are social creatures and reading books just doesn’t cut it. Try taking a free course online with coursera or Stanford or one of the other universities. Start a Mom’s Club. Volunteer at school. Join a book club or knitting group. Get out and life will be better. Stimulate your brain to give yourself some new thoughts. After all, staying in a purely residential home is not nearly as stimulating as being the kind of housewife back in the day when that meant managing a large household of servants. There were fish wives and alewives and housewives but that was when people slaughtered their own meat, dipped their own candles, wove their own clirh, sheared their own sheep, carded their own wool. Every home was a factory

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