Taking a step back.
I was chatting to a friend last night, and when she said she was taking a step back from being online & spending time with her family it made me think.
I spend so much of my time on my mac, iPad or phone. From the minute I drop my kids off at school, to the minute I’m due to leave to pick them up, I will have been sat at my table working on my computer. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do and I’m so lucky to have work that I enjoy, but when I get back from picking the kids up, I then feel like I have to cram in everything that I didn’t do during the day. Answer messages, personal emails, do a few tweaks to my prints (which takes hours) housework, and before I know it, it’s dark & almost bath time.
Once we’ve eaten, done baths stories and bed, then I sit down and catch up on twitter. Again, my phone in my hand. So the whole day passes in a blur of me walking around with my head down staring at a screen & life is passing me by.
So I’m going to take a step back for the month of December. Between the hours of 9-2.30 I will be at my desk as usual and I’ll be working as usual, all electronics allowed. But once the kids are home I’m going to put the mac away and the phone down. We’re going to watch xmas films together, play xmas music, decorate the house, find the magic of xmas for them. I love being creative but all my creativity is done on the mac! I’m not saying I’ll get the hang of knitting (H can knit, maybe she can teach me!) but there has to be something I can do that has nothing to do with a computer?
The internet stresses me out sometimes. People are too easy to get hold of, an email, a tweet, a text – you can get hold of people even when they’re trying to be unreachable – I want to stay unreachable! Even if it’s just for December!