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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Houston We Have A Problem...

I have been noticing that I have developed a "slight" addiction to wasting valuable time checking out Facebook, Blogger, and other online services. I am becoming aware that I am spending a little to much time online! My husband took my son tonight so that I could catch up on some important things like getting ready for a test and cleaning my house in preparation for a housing inspection. (yuck I know!) However I have sat here the entire time reconnecting with friends and have gotten absolutely nothing done that I NEEDED to get done.
I am trying to understand what the appeal for being online for hours on end holds for me. Is it because I am lonely, bored, or shy and being online removes barriers for me. Is it because I love connecting with long lost friends or because I enjoy research and learning? I don't understand why I have allowed myself to lose self control like this! I have an acquaintance that posted on her blog recently that she has decided to reclaim her life and stop blogging in order to spend more time with her family. I admire her and think, "WOW!" But do I seriously have the courage that I think it took for her to do that? I am weak in the fact that I desire connecting with others. I don't have the time right now to go out to lunch with old friends or even call them on the phone. But somehow I find the time to check them out online and post comments to them. So I realized that I must find balance between taking care of what is truly important and finding the time to do what I enjoy doing as well. Those who truly know me, know that it totally out of character for me to have a sink full of dirty dishes and a house that is in total chaos. I show these so that you know just bad I have let myself go. Now that I am totally mortified I think I will go and clean up my dishes, oh but wait, I just got an instant message, I guess it can wait a few more minutes...Help!

11 comments:

~Our Family~ said...

Yeah I find that my house always looks like that too.. It is just because I want to check out everyones blogs.. I could care less about facebook but I will go there for about 10 mins a day.. Family is the most important thing to me and when my family is here I try not to be on internet.. I only get on when Braxton is napping and Colton is at school when I should really be cleaning the house to get something done but I find myself in here instead.. Its all good though... Sometimes you have to let the little things go for another hour or so to enjoy and have your time.... It is so nice to find you again I hope you don't disappear again on me...

Rachel said...

Oh Moana, Moana...I give myself this lecture every day! I even make myself promise to only get on once in the morning and no other time but it never works. I think it goes back to my mail obsession. It's so bad, I waste SOOOOO much time. So I continue to berate myself and promise to only look once...hehe. But...here I am! :)

Jana Perkins said...

I am so there! My house is a mess right now and here I am checking out blogs again. Balance is good, I think that's a great goal.

Michelle said...

I hear ya! I have the same problem! I don't think we are alone though. Thank goodness! I realized my problem a while ago and went the complete opposite way though and completely stopped blogging, them realized just barely that it is a good thing and I need to fit it back in without going overboard! Take care Moana!

Alexa said...

January and so far, February has done this for me. I don't know if winter has just been more blah this year or what, but I just can't seem to muster up any motivation to get anything done. Before Christmas I got piles done every day, and I'm lucky to get the necessities done now. I've talked to a lot of people who have been having the same "winter blahs." I'm not quite sure what to do to turn it around either... but maybe I need to go to a family get together or just anything out of my normal boring routine? I don't know. Let me know if you come up with anything =)

The Fullmers Three said...

Yep, I too could spend hours on the computer. But I love blogging, because it lets my family and friend who live so far away watch Owen grow up, and it is the only way I journal. Tom has had to put restrictions on me though. He hats it when I blog while he is home, or while Owen is awake, because I tend to get sucked in. I don't know, I guess it is all about finding a balance.

Samantha said...

I have no advice but I will say this - we have never been good at keeping in touch! But now - I feel like I know you and your sweet family and what is going on in your lives, along with so many other cousins becuase of blogging!! So - PLEASE don't stop! And let me know when you figure out the whole balance thing...then pass it on to us all! :) Getting ready to post some pictures of my sweet new baby!! :) Love you!

Tiscia said...

I am feelin' ya. I have the same problem. It's not just online though. So many things to do - where do I find the balance. I have tried to be more aware though.

Melanie said...

You are so cute Moana. You've got to give yourself more credit. You are a busy woman with school, work, mommy, wife etc. duty's. Your house is going to look like crap some days and you've just got to smile at it and know that it's a faze in life. Try setting aside a day and time to be on the computer once a week. You can't deprive your self of your "me" time. I think you are awesome with all that you do.

ajhcreative said...

so funny and so true. i spend way too much time online, but ut brings me joy so oh well. loved the post though

Anonymous said...

Moana, you have a real talent for expressing yourself in writing. This short piece is so well written it could be published in a newspaper features column. I also liked your "jerk" essay! Irv