We’ve all done it. We have a list a mile long, and we finally get time to sit down and start busting it out…an hour later we realize we have instead chosen to browse Facebook.
I am guilty all. of. the. time. I find myself sucked into watching those cute little flash mob videos, sharing funny Mom graphics, or catching the latest hilarious Buzzfeed article. My to-do list is sitting right next to my computer, but 5 itty bitty minutes isn’t going to hurt – am I right? That 5 minutes turns into 60, and I suddenly have no motivation whatsoever to complete my tasks at hand. And guess what, my free time has been wasted.
I am guilty of procrasti-surfing.
Now perhaps I am shooting myself in the foot, after all. I run a website that I want people to take the time out of their day to read! But here is what I don’t want. I don’t want it to take time away from living LIFE or being productive.
It is all well and good to read good, interesting, and funny articles. There is a time and place for everything. And I believe browsing the internet, catching up with friends on-line, and reading newspapers / magazines / blogs all have their time and place.
But here is what I don’t like.
- When 2 hours go by, and I look up to realize that my husband and I have just sat, side-by-side, looking at electronic devices in our hands.
- When I have a to-do list a mile long, and I don’t get any of it done. Then am cranky with the kids later on for not having enough ‘free-time’.
- When my procrasti-surfing leads me to watch or read entertainment that isn’t positive, or life-filled. But rather tears down other people, all in an effort for a laugh.
- When I see people who don’t know one another, get into full blown arguments over Social Media. All because they have been sucked in, and forgot there was a human being on the other side of that internet.
- When I am at the park, and am too busy checking e-mails to play with my kids.
- When our electronic devices have suddenly forced us to be ON all of the time. Answering e-mails, working, etc. Simply because it is in our hands, all of the time.
Amid all of the incredible BLESSINGS that technology has brought us (and I do believe there are many!!), we simply have to be careful that we aren’t squandering our most precious asset. Our time. It is the most valuable thing you can possibly give someone, and once it is gone you can never get it back. So let’s use it wisely.
I am NOT saying it is bad to go to the park, and check your phone while your kids are playing. Judge much? We’ve all been there too. What I AM saying, at least for me, is everything in moderation.
I don’t want to look up 5 years down the line, and realize that I have nothing to say to my husband. Other than, hey – check out this video.
Go out and live life, get that to-do list done! Try something new, read a book, play with your kids, or sew up a fabulous new shirt for yourself. Enjoy the Spring weather as it starts to show its pretty face, and have a great weekend!
And when the time comes for a little web surfing, come back and check out my blog. It will still be here waiting for you.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…