Looking back at my posts from six months ago, I see this:
Been wondering lately how I could reduce the amount of time I spend with my nose glued to the computer screen. I spend a lot of my time that way. It's all important work, don't get the wrong idea. I try very hard not to waste time (don't have much to spare anyhow), and there is a lot of things I need to get done. All good things that I enjoy doing. But maybe too many of them.
"Reduce computer time" and have more attention to devote to other matters (like cleaning my house and drawing with the kids) is a fine goal. But how to go from goal to reality?
The answer came to me Friday night. I would measure my computer time to see where and when I spend the most. That's the first step. Gathering knowledge.
So I stuck a big giant clock app on my desktop and I start it whenever I work and stop it when I get up. So far I got 00:54:57 on Friday (partial day; I started tracking myself after dinner), 2:12:18 Saturday and so far Sunday I've got 2:36:12.
I believe, based on how much time I had to putter in my backyard, that 2:36:12 is a massive improvement compared to last Sunday. It may be that I want to avoid seeing my counter go up too much and therefore focus better while at my desk so I can get things done more efficiently.
I like what this is doing to my work-life balance so far and will keep it going some more.
I didn't keep up with the experiment past the two-week mark. I found I kept forgetting to log my time, which kind of ruined the thing. I have, however, managed to spend less time at the computer - especially now that both documentaries are edited and done. It got nuts there for about two months. Still. Working less and living more - especially when you homeschool three curious kids - is not so much a resolution as an important life goal. And I'm getting there, slowly. Like say yesterday, where we spent three hours roaming downtown delivering care packages to homeless folks, followed by a half-hour goose chase looking for a book someone had claimed to leave at a grocery store (my kids have decided to start bookcrossing, which looks like fun). The older me would have resented the time away from the computer a lot. The newer me didn't - and we all had a much more pleasant time as a result.
So there. While the scientific experiment sort of flopped, I intend to continue with the goal.